Emergency Rain Warning In Place In Northern Kyushu

Emergency rain warning in place in northern Kyushu

In the latest on life-threatening rains in western Japan...Two people are dead and another is without vital signs as weather officials warn residents to evacuate immediately. They've issued their highest emergency warning for three prefectures in Kyushu.

Saga, Fukuoka and Nagasaki are being drenched with heavy rain.

Evacuation orders and advisories have been issued to about 1.7 million people across the country.

Parts of Saga Prefecture were hit with more than 100 millimeters of hourly rainfall. And the rain is expected to continue.

Rescue officials in one city say they have received many calls from people either trapped in their cars or unable to evacuate because of flooding.

About 40 members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force are being dispatched to help with rescue operations.

The deadly rain has killed one man in Saga after his car was washed away. A woman in the prefecture was found without vital signs after her vehicle fell into a ditch. Another man in Fukuoka Prefecture was found in the same state after he fled from his car after it was inundated. He was later pronounced dead.

Some riverbanks have flooded. And there are reports of mudslides.

Weather officials are urging caution.

Yasushi Kajihara of Japan Meteorological Agency says, "It's highly likely that some sort of disasters such as landslides or flooding may have already occurred, especially in areas with mudslide warnings or in other hazardous places expected to be inundated. These areas are under alert Level 5, which requires people to take immediate action to protect their lives."

Transportation is disrupted.

Train services are partially suspended in northern Kyusyu.

Parts of some expressways are closed.

The flooding has also forced some stores to temporarily shut down.