More than one million people in southwestern Japanese region of Kyushu have been ordered to evacuate as continuing heavy rain may trigger mudslides or other threats.
Evacuation orders are in place for the entire area of nine municipalities in Kagoshima Prefecture. They are the cities of Kagoshima, Hioki, Kirishima, Ichikikushikino, Minamisatsuma, Aira, Tarumizu, and Kanoya, as well as Osaki Town.
The orders are in place for parts of Higashikushira Town and Minamikyushu City in the prefecture.
The order are also in effect in neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture--- in parts of Miyazaki, Miyakonojo, Nichinan, and Kushima cities.
The evacuation orders are affecting a total of over 1.1 million people in the two prefectures.
Evacuation advisories have also been issued for parts of Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto 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.