About 900,000 Ordered To Evacuate In Kyushu

About 900,000 ordered to evacuate in Kyushu

Nearly 900,000 people in the southwestern Japanese region of Kyushu have been ordered to evacuate as continuing heavy rain may trigger mudslides or other threats.

In Kagoshima Prefecture, evacuation orders are in place for the cities of Kagoshima, Hioki, Minamisatsuma, Aira, Tarumizu, Kanoya, and Minamikyushu.

Residents have been ordered to evacuate Miyakonojo City in neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture.

Evacuation advisories have also been issued for parts of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures.

Municipalities issue both advisories and orders when flooding or landslides are forecast. Orders are more urgent than advisories.

Those who find it more dangerous to move to a designated shelter should flee to a safer place nearby, or move to higher floors of buildings.