Travel Advisory: Flash Floods in Japan Due to Prolonged Torrential Rainfall

Travel Advisory: Flash Floods in Japan Due to Prolonged Torrential Rainfall

Flash floods in Japan due to record rainfall are expected to disrupt travel in Japan.

Prolonged torrential downpours in Japan over the past few days have led to devastating flash floods and landslides throughout Japan. At least eight prefectures in Honshu and Kyushu have been affected, including tourist hot spots like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. As of Monday (9 July 2018), the death toll stands close to 100 as rescue personnel scramble to rescue those trapped by debris and rising water levels.

The worst-hit areas are villages in the central and western regions, with many being advised to evacuate as soon as possible. While the rain has subsided in certain areas, authorities warn that the elevated risk of landslides remains. Thunderstorm advisories are also in effect over most areas of Japan heading into the week.

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In the wake of potentially the worst natural disaster in Japan’s recent history, travel is expected to be severely disrupted. Due to severe damage from the floods, most trains on the JR West Line have ceased operations until further notice. It is estimated that even if the rain stops completely, it will be some time before service resumes.

What’s more, as the storm clouds gradually move towards Okinawa and the Nansei Islands, expect potential flight delays, cancellations, or diversions. Do be careful if you’re travelling in Japan during this time and make sure to check the Japan Meteorological Agency regularly for the latest updates regarding the situation.

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