The Meteorological Agency is calling for continued caution Monday morning against possible landslides in areas across Japan hit by torrential rain over the weekend.
A weather front brought intermittent rain in wide areas of Japan, battering especially Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, where precipitation amounted to as much as twice the average rainfall in August in places, NHK reported.
Among the areas particularly hit hard are Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, where precipitation exceeded 300 mm in 24 hours until Sunday morning, and Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, where rainfall reached 300 mmm in 48 hours until early afternoon Sunday. Both represent record figures and as much as twice the average monthly precipitation in August, according to NHK.
Flood affected 1,000 houses in Fukuchiyama, with one death reported, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun. One death each was reported in landslides in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, and Hakui, Ishikawa Prefecture, the newspaper reported.
The weather front caused an instable atmosphere, and the intermittent, heavy rain particularly hit the Kinki and Tokai-Hokuriku regions between Friday and Sunday, NHK said.
The Meteorological Agency is warning of a very high risk of landslides in some parts in Gifu Prefecture because of the rain.
Unstable atmospheric conditions were forecast to continue Monday in wide areas across Japan, potentially brining thunderstorms in some areas, according to the agency, which is calling for continued caution against possible landslides in areas hit by heavy rain and warning of sudden storms, lightning and gusts, NHK said.
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