Japan tells more than a million people to evacuate amid heavy rain

Japan's Kagoshima city orders 600000 residents to evacuate after days of heavy rain

Weather agency issues torrential rain warning, urges early evacuations for western Japan

One elderly woman in Kagoshima city died after a mudslide hit her home.

An onslaught of heavy rain across the southwestern part of Japan has forced more than 1 million people to be evacuated amid fears of landslides and widespread flooding.

Torrential downpour has soaked parts of southern Kyushu since June 28.

Japan's Meteorological Agency held an emergency news conference early Wednesday, local time, warning residents of several cities in the Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures to evacuate "to protect themselves" without delay.

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Directives are stronger than advisories, but there are no penalties if people do not comply.

Nearly 800,000 people across three Japanese cities have been ordered to evacuate amid warnings of landslides and floods brought by heavy rain.

The southwestern Japan city specifically called on residents in areas close to cliffs, rivers and other unsafe areas to immediately flee to safer places, the Mainichi Shimbun reported.

Local residents take a rest at a shelter in evacuation center as heavy rains threatened to trigger landslides and cause other damage, in Kagoshima, Japan on July 3, 2019.

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He also urged residents to use caution and try to evacuate early "to protect your lives" rather than waiting until the last minute.

Local residents shielding themselves with umbrellas courageous heavy rain caused by Typhoon Mun, the 4th typhoon of the year. Some areas have already surpassed record rainfall levels, and with more rain in the forecast, the ground could simply give way, Japan's weather agency says. The Chugoku region around Hiroshima, and the Hokuriku area facing the Sea of Japan, were also expected to see heavy rainfall, according to the agency.

In the 24 hours through 6 a.m. Thursday, the agency forecast up to 350 mm of rain in southern Kyushu, up to 300 mm in northern Kyushu, and up to 250 mm in the Shikoku region.

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