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More than 1 million people in southern Japan were ordered to evacuate Wednesday(3 July) as the region was hit with nearly a month's worth of rain in a single day, according to local officials.
The Japanese island of Kyushu, inhabited by 13.3 million residents, was lashed by more than 300 millimeters (11.8 inches) of rain in multiple locations Thursday. That's almost the island's average rainfall of 319 millimeters (12.5 inches) for the entire month of July.
Kagoshima, in Kagoshima prefecture, on the island of Kyushu, saw record-setting rainfall, with more than 460 millimeters (18.1 inches) in just 24 hours. Japan's Meteorological Agency said a number of places within the prefecture, which has a population of 1.6 million people, were at risk of landslides and flooding.
One woman died earlier this week due to a landslide in Kagoshima city, according to government officials.
"Please be alert to landslides, low-land flooding and flooding of rivers," the Japan Meteorological Agency's Ryuta Kuro said at a press conference Wednesday.
Officials are strongly urging residents to leave the area, but so far authorities estimate that only a little over 1,700 of the more than 1 million advised have chosen to seek shelter.