Hundreds stranded as rains lash Japan’s Yakushima

Yakushima [Japan]: Over 260 people, mostly hikers, have been stranded in Japan’s Yukushima as severe rains continue to lash the town since Saturday.

The area received more than 400 millimetres of rain on Saturday alone, which is what the town would normally receive in all of May. Furthermore, 56 millimetres of fresh rain was recorded early on Sunday, according to NHK.

This has led to fears of mudslides, with the Japanese Meteorological Agency labelling it as a once in a 50-year event. No casualties have been reported yet.

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Rescue workers from the Ground Self-Defence Force and Coast Guard will be deploying helicopters to evacuate the stranded, along with undertaking search operations with them.


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