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Japan orders evacuation of 240,000 people over flood, landslide fears

Nearly a million more people are under a lower-level evacuation advisory over the heavy rains

An aerial view shows submerged houses and facilities at a flooded area in Takeo, Saga prefecture, southern Japan.  Photo: Reuters
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An aerial view shows submerged houses and facilities at a flooded area in Takeo, Saga prefecture, southern Japan. Photo: Reuters

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Japanese authorities on Wednesday issued a rare evacuation order for 240,000 people in the country's southwest over flood and landslide fears, as officials confirmed a man was killed in heavy rains.

The evacuation orders came after the Japan Meteorological Agency issued its highest-level alert for several parts of the northern Kyushu region.

The alert is issued "if there is a significant likelihood of catastrophes" and is activated once a disaster is declared, ordering people to take measures to protect their lives.

Nearly a million more people are under a lower-level evacuation advisory over the heavy rains.

Evacuation orders and advisories are issued by local

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First Published: Aug 28 2019 | 9:14 AM IST

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