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(Update) Special Heavy Rain Warnings Temporarily Issued in Southwestern Japan

(Update) Special Heavy Rain Warnings Temporarily Issued in Southwestern Japan

   Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Meteorological Agency on Saturday morning issued special heavy rain warnings for the Goto Islands and the island of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, as powerful Typhoon Danas hit the areas.
   The special warnings were issued after some areas in the prefecture, part of the Kyushu region, experienced the heaviest rainfalls in 50 years on the day, because of the fifth typhoon of this year and moist air near a high pressure system.
   The agency urged local people to take utmost caution against landslides and floods. Evacuation orders were issued for a total of 20,000 households in the city of Goto and other areas, while the special warnings were lifted in the afternoon.
   The town of Shinkamigoto had rainfall of 72.5 millimeters in the hour until around 5:50 a.m. Saturday (8:50 p.m. Friday GMT). Hourly rainfall reached some 110 millimeters in areas near Mitsushima in the city of Tsushima, as well as in the city of Goto.
   According to fire authorities and other sources, two women suffered minor injuries after falling from roofs in Shinkamigoto. Landslides occurred at many locations in the cities of Goto and Tsushima.

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