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The Meteorological Agency issued a heavy rain warning for parts of southwestern Japan on Saturday, leading local authorities to direct some 245,000 residents to take immediate action to stay safe under the highest level alert.

The warning covers cities including Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto Prefecture, Ebino in Miyazaki Prefecture and Satsumasendai in Kagoshima Prefecture. Local officials instructed those who find it difficult to take shelter safely to move to places such as roof tops and to stay away from rivers and hills. There are no reports of injuries or casualties so far.

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