Fukushima and Niigata swamped by record rainfall

Kyodo

Tens of thousands of residents in Niigata and Fukushima prefectures were issued evacuation advisories Friday due to record rainfall.

In Niigata Prefecture, the city of Sanjo advised about 88,000 people in 30,000 households to evacuate so that flood water from the Kasabori Dam can be discharged, while four other cities asked a total of 5,100 residents from about 1,500 households to move to safer locations.

In Fukushima Prefecture, the town of Tadami issued an evacuation advisory to all of its residents — about 4,800 people in 1,800 households. Local firefighters said they were notified that one person was swept away in a mudslide.

The Meteorological Agency said some areas in the two prefectures saw precipitation of 100 mm per hour and warned that torrential rain would continue through Saturday morning.