Tropical Storm “Etau” hit mainland Japan on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and rolled over the central part of the country, bringing strong winds and record-breaking rainfall which overflowed rivers and caused serious flooding and numerous landslides. By early September 10, at least one person has been confirmed dead, 3 are missing and more than a dozen were injured.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued multiple rare emergency warnings in both Tochigi, Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures along the northern edges of the Kanto-Koshin region, urging vigilance against mudslides and flooding.
The hardest hit area on Thursday, September 10 was north of Tokyo in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures. Tochigi authorities ordered more than 90 000 residents to evacuate, with another 116 000 advised to leave their homes. In Ibaraki, 20 000 were ordered to evacuate.
In a 24-hr period several locations in Tochigi prefecture received over 500 mm (19.7 inches) of rain shattering previous records for the area. That’s double the amount that usually falls in this region throughout September.