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Aichi Prefecture, which was hit by torrential rains earlier this week, is planning to request the help of nearby prefectures to dispose of bulky household waste, prefectural government officials said Saturday.

The large amount of debris generated from flooded houses in rain-hit areas, such as the town of Nishi-Biwajima and Nagoya’s Nishi and Tempaku wards, has overwhelmed normal garbage collection services, the officials said.

As a result, the prefectural government has already requested municipalities in the prefecture to partially take over waste collection services in the affected areas, with the cities of Ichinomiya and Konan agreeing to accept combustible garbage.

The lack of prefectural facilities capable of handling large refuse, however, has prompted the government to ask other prefectures to temporarily store such waste, the officials said.

Streets in Nishi-Biwajima and the two wards, which bore the brunt of the flooding, are currently littered and partially blocked by bulky waste such as electrical appliances and furniture.

Nagoya city asked for police assistance and is collecting garbage while partially cordoning off roads, the officials said.

About 1,000 residents of the town and Nagoya city are still living in shelters, although evacuation orders were lifted Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Agency has forecast more rain for the Tokai region over the weekend due to approaching Typhoon Saomai.

A local meteorological observatory in Nagoya estimated that up to 150 mm of rain would pound Aichi Prefecture by this morning.

The prefectural government is monitoring Shinkawa River in western Nagoya, whose banks collapsed Tuesday. A makeshift bank has since been set up on the river.

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