Residents, search teams in Kyushu battle to rescue flood victims

National Jul 7, 2017

Residents, search teams in Kyushu battle to rescue flood victims

Overflowing rivers swallowed up homes and mudslides forced residents to run for their lives. That was the scene Friday as heavy rain that began Wednesday continued to wreak havoc in Oita and Fukuoka prefectures. Panicked residents bombarded the Fukuoka Prefectural Police with some 3,000 emergency phone ...

Kyushu remains on high alert as record downpour continues

National Jul 7, 2017

Kyushu remains on high alert as record downpour continues

The death toll in Kyushu rose to 11 on Friday as flooding and mudslides caused by the torrential rain over the past couple of days continued. While a flood warning was issued in Kitakyushu, evacuation orders remained in effect for about 191,000 people in nearby ...

Six confirmed dead in Kyushu deluge as search for missing continues

National Jul 7, 2017

Six confirmed dead in Kyushu deluge as search for missing continues

Search and rescue efforts continued Thursday as torrential rain devastated parts of Kyushu. Six people were confirmed dead and at least four were missing in Fukuoka Prefecture following massive flooding and mudslides. In Oita Prefecture, 15 people can't be contacted and are feared missing as ...

Two sites in Japan to be added to UNESCO biosphere reserves

National Jun 14, 2017

Two sites in Japan to be added to UNESCO biosphere reserves

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has added the Tone River basin north of Tokyo and a mountain range in the country's southwest to its list of biosphere reserves, the government learned Wednesday. As of March last year, 669 areas in 120 countries were ...

National May 26, 2017

Vehicle burns up at steel plant in Oita

An unmanned work vehicle burned up early Friday at a steel plant of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. in Oita, firefighters and police said. The vehicle caught fire near a coke oven shortly past 12:30 a.m. and the fire was extinguished at around 1:45 ...