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Rivers flood, thousands evacuated as heavy rain hits western Japan

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Good luck to all affected!

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Prayers for all!

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Not really much to talk about in Osaka or Kobe....

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Torrential rainfall is an annual occurance in Japan, so after all these years I am surprised that they have not built adequate flood defenses?

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englisc aspyrgendToday  12:47 am JST Torrential rainfall is an annual occurance in Japan, so after all these years I am surprised that they have not built adequate flood defenses?

Those are part of the problem. Too much of Japan is built on historic flood plains to begin with and then they have tried to control rivers by channelling them into to narrow concrete sluice ways. All this does is increase flow velocities and limit natural absorption.

I foresee this becoming a more common problem with global warming. Just as tropical storms and hurricanes have become more intense along the Gulf in the U.S., tropical storm and typhoons will increase in volume and ferocity in Asia.

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@Jeff Huffman, my fault I didn't define "built", I automatically include the whole range of flood management options under the title, not just the poured concrete ones! I can see the massive over development with hard surfaces will lead to major problems, it has happened in the UK though probably not to such a large extent. If the development of the last 70 years is a major contributor to the causes then this is a problem that will only get worse until there is a massive change in approach and major investment in remediation. What chance of that?

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My prayers for those affected by these floods. I hope you all recover.

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