Over 100,000 Fukuoka residents urged to evacuate amid flood threat

Staff Report

An evacuation advisory was issued to more than 100,000 residents of Chikushino in the central part of Fukuoka Prefecture Friday morning, amid heavy rain and a high danger of rivers overflowing, NHK reported Friday.

According to the Meteorological Agency, rainfall of about 110 mm per hour was recorded in Chikushino and other parts of Fukuoka at around 4:30 a.m. on Friday. The agency is warning residents of possible mudslides, floods, strong winds and lightning strikes.

In Chikushino, the city’s total population of 102,337 was advised to evacuate. The advisory was also issued in parts of Onojo, Kasuga, Dazaifu and Sue in central Fukuoka, which are located along the Mikasa River.

Heavy rain was expected to continue in the region through Friday, according to the agency’s forecast.

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