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Northeast Japan hit with flooding, mudslides amid heavy rainfall

A flooded muddy river operates by way of Sekikawa village in Niigata Prefecture about 2 a.m. on Aug. 4. (Provided by a resident)

Torrential rain in northeastern Japan from the night of Aug. 3 brought on prevalent problems, with rivers overflowing and inundating roads and homes.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the maximum rain notify for some areas in Niigata and Yamagata prefectures and urged citizens to be certain their safety.

Harm was seen in these parts, alongside with neighboring Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 4.

Chief Cupboard Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said two persons were being unaccounted for as of 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 4.

As of 6 a.m. on the working day, the land ministry confirmed seven rivers have been overflowing.

Alongside the Mogamigawa river in Yamagata Prefecture, 3 areas were flooded, and a single area was flooded alongside the Yoneshirogawa river in Akita Prefecture.

The torrential rain seriously impacted railroad infrastructure.

In Iide, Yamagata Prefecture, an around 40-meter-extensive railway bridge of the East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) Yonesaka Line above the Kojirakawa river was uncovered to have collapsed on the morning of Aug. 4. The railroad tracks fell into the river.

In Yonezawa in the same prefecture, the river swelled, bent bridge piers and forced targeted visitors to be halted.

In Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, a railway bridge for the JR Banetsusai Line had also fallen.

JR East reported that bullet teach operations in between Fukushima and Shinjo stations have been suspended.

The system at Sakamachi Station in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture, was flooded, according to the JR East Niigata department.

Streets ended up lower off because of to the flooding and villages ended up described isolated.

In Murakami, just one dwelling caught up in a landslide absolutely collapsed, injuring one resident. A highway foremost to a local community in the region was blocked by rocks and sand, leaving about 80 households isolated.

In Sekikawa in the identical prefecture, 280 households were being isolated thanks to landslides and flooded streets.