Due to torrential rain, Japan issues the highest risk warning in Hiroshima


On August 13, 2021, heavy rain struck Hiroshima in western Japan, inflating the Suzuhari River and damaging roads. (Cooperation / Via Reuters)

Tokyo — Japan issued the most serious Level 5 risk warning in western Hiroshima on Friday, citing the imminent risks of unprecedented rain and floods and other disasters in the region.

The Meteorological Agency issued a warning, adding a statement that the front could stay nationwide for about a week.

Landslide after heavy rain in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture on August 13, 2021. (Twitter @ Kappachan 1115 / via Reuters)

On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of residents in Nagasaki and other parts of Kyushu Island in southwestern Japan were asked to evacuate to avoid the dangers of floods and landslides caused by torrential rains.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s office set up a disaster management center on Friday to deal with potential disasters.

“Heavy rains can continue in areas around western Japan,” Suga said.

Makiko Yamazaki