Japan: Landslides in Hiroshima - Information Bulletin n° 1

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This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

The torrential rain in Hiroshima prefecture, Western part of Japan on 20 August has resulted in flash flooding and landslides. More than 168,000 people living in the affected area have been advised to evacuate to safer ground. At least 39 people have been confirmed dead and 51 people are missing.

According to the Japan’ Meteorological Agency, a total of about 240mm of rain fell on the city within 24 hours which is equivalent of a month worth of rain. The force of the landslides destroyed roads, infrastructures, houses and buildings along the mountainous areas.

Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) immediately responds to the disaster by mobilizing relief items and deploying medical team to the affected area. IFRC Asia Pacific Zone Office is monitoring the disaster closely and maintaining close communication with JRCS.