Japan: images of heavy rains that leave 3 missing and evacuate 500,000 people

Japan: images of heavy rains that leave 3 missing and evacuate 500,000 people

At least three people were missing and thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate in northern Japan on Thursday, after torrential rain lashed the region.

More than 500mm of rain fell in parts of Niigata prefecture in 24 hours, state broadcaster NHK said, prompting authorities to issue the highest possible alert level for some place Television footage showed collapsed bridges and flooded roads. The bullet train (Shinkansen) line segment service is suspended.

About 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate in Niigata, Ishikawa and Yamagata prefectures, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said, with no immediate deaths reported. Although the affected areas are mostly rural, they are nevertheless home to many factories.

Major chipmaker Renesas Electronics temporarily suspended operations at its factory in Yamagata, northern Japan, after local authorities issued a heavy rain alert on Wednesday night, but said operations had mostly returned to normal.

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