Record-breaking torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides in southern and central parts of the Japanese archipelago since July 3, causing widespread damage.
Massive flooding caused Kuma and Hida Rivers and other smaller rivers to break their banks at 60 locations, leading to inundation damage to no fewer than 9,500 houses, businesses, bridges, and roads.
Economic damage from the recent monsoonal flooding in Japan is expected to reach well into the hundreds of millions USD or higher, according to re/insurance broker Aon.
So far, there are an estimated 60 fatalities, and more than 400,000 people have either been relocated or instructed to take refuge. And with more rainfall forecast in the coming days and weeks, further damage and losses are likely, as well as a more risk to life. Many emergencies were reported from the severely affected area in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures due to floodwaters, which reached the roof level at several houses.
A significant proportion of residents were left without electricity and drinking water, while telecommunications and internet services were also affected. At least 11 bridges were destroyed in Kyushu islands, and large segments of roads were damaged to various degrees, according to infrastructure ministry, Japan.
Torrential rains caused swelling of additional rivers in central Japan, triggered landslides, and destroyed several houses, roads, businesses, and bridges along their banks. According to Aon, around 60 rivers are currently swollen above the flood warning level at several locations, and 179 mudslide events had occurred in 23 prefectures.