Torrential rain lashes central Japan, warning issued in Gifu, Nagano

On Wednesday Japan issued a fresh landslide and flooding warnings as torrential rain moved over the central of the country and the death toll from days of downpours rose to 56.

From Saturday heavy rain already started on the island of Kyushu have already caused devastation across a swathe of southwestern portion of the country, causing rives to burst their banks and hillsides to collapse.

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On Wednesday morning the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its highest level warning for Gifu and Nagano prefectures in central Japan as the weather front is now moving north .

A JMA offical said that in theses areas heavy rain are at its in unprecedented level .

He warned. “It is a situation where you have to do your best to protect your lives.” “Especially in areas designated as high risk for landslides and flooding, the possibility is extremely high that some kind of disaster is already happening”.

At least 80,000 rescue workers have already been deployed in a desperate effort to reach survivors stranded by flooding and landslides.

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