Omaki Bridge, which connects to the town of Iide, Yamagata Prefecture, collapsed after a river flooded Photo: Yamagata Prefectural Police/AFP
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Heavy rain hits northern Japan, 200,000 urged to evacuate

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Bridges collapsed and rivers burst their banks as heavy rain lashed northern Japan on Thursday, with 200,000 residents urged to evacuate as authorities warned of dangerous flooding.

TV footage showed a muddy mass of broken trees swept into a mountainous residential area by the downpours, which broke records in some areas.

Two people have been reported missing, top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.

Authorities have warned of an increased risk of landslides and floods.

Public broadcaster NHK said non-compulsory evacuation advisories were issued to 200,000 residents in five regions: Niigata, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ishikawa and Fukui.

Other TV footage showed homes flooded by an overflowing river and another muddy waterway reaching the height of a bridge.

Some shinkansen bullet trains were suspended in the affected areas.

Scientists say climate change is intensifying the risk of heavy rain in Japan and elsewhere, because a warmer atmosphere holds more water.

Strong rain in 2021 triggered a devastating landslide in the central resort town of Atami that killed 27 people.

And in 2018, floods and landslides killed more than 200 people in western Japan during the country's annual rainy season.

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Thoughts and prayers that everyone can make it out safely.

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Strong rain in 2021 triggered a devastating landslide in the central resort town of Atami that killed 27 people.

I remember being horrified by this, and by the fact that a construction firm had left tons of loose soil at one of their sites on the mountain, which was the main cause of the devastation.

Does anyone know what kind of consequences the construction firm faced after causing the carnage?

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Scientists say climate change is intensifying the risk of heavy rain in Japan and elsewhere, because a warmer atmosphere holds more water.

But do not expect any major power, corporate or state, to do anything to try to mitigate the effects of climate change because the ruling caste running the global fossil economy might not be able to get as much money, and might have to cede bits of control if they do. Instead expect more climate related catastrophes and wars fought for greater control of resources.

End of-the-alphabet generations you're up against it, and if you expect to have children their lives even more so. Do not expect the generations currently running the planet to change things for the benefit of anyone other than themselves, and do not expect the BRICS imperium to be any better than the current leaders. The BRICS are also controlled by older generations that do not care one anything about anyone else, nor do they care about the quality of life on the planet.

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Derek - there is a civil case ongoing claiming JPY5.8 billion against the current owner (ultimately Yoshimitsu Mugishika of Zen Holdings / Yuniho) and other former owners (Fumio Amano, Shinkansen Building) of the site.

To put it lightly, Mugishima (now about 85 years old) of Zen and his companies have quite a checkered past.

I don’t think there is a criminal case yet, but still seems possible.

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Bridges collapsed and rivers burst their banks as heavy rain lashed northern Japan on Thursday, with 200,000 residents urged to evacuate as authorities warned of dangerous flooding.

There are many parts of Japan where the infrastructure is not maintained and has become similar to what is found in third world nations.

Scientists say climate change is intensifying the risk of heavy rain in Japan and elsewhere, because a warmer atmosphere holds more water.

I hope no in is trying to blame climate change for the negligent upkeep of those collapsed bridges.

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There are many parts of Japan where the infrastructure is not maintained and has become similar to what is found in third world nations.

You called Japan a third-world nation many times recently. But you continue to live here and I expect profit and enjoy. Is your own country a thrid-world with more than 35,000 bridges in danger of collapsing?

The bridge is a small local one and easily be replaced.

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Climate change is pretty undeniable at this point...unless you just can't face the facts (i.e. melting ice caps).

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Those squawking loudest about "climate change" seem incapable (or simply unwilling) of differentiating between weather and climate.

The heavy rains are a weather event.

PSA: Earth's climate has always been in a state of Flux.

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Those squawking loudest about "climate change" seem incapable (or simply unwilling) of differentiating between weather and climate.

The heavy rains are a weather event.

PSA: Earth's climate has always been in a state of Flux.

The weather is built on the foundations of climate though. So as the climate changes, the weather it sits on top of changes too. So you're wrong sorry.

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RedstormToday  07:22 pm JST

You called Japan a third-world nation many times recently.

Nope.

It looks like a language issue.

But you continue to live here and I expect profit and enjoy. Is your own country a thrid-world with more than 35,000 bridges in danger of collapsing?

This article is titled and about:

Heavy rain hits northern Japan, 200,000 urged to evacuate

And:

Bridges collapsed

Did I mistake something? I'm just discussing the contents of the article.

On that subject, it's a good thing no one was injured, right?

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Two people have been reported missing, top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.

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High temperatures across the world, flooding, and wildfires on several continents. Heavy rainfalls.

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"Do not expect......."

Another extract from the PT Townsend doomsday book.

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And go where ? Leave the country, so they can’t come back for two years?

Its like telling hurricane affected people to “Leave”…where you going to GO?

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Mother nature is no joke and you have to be on drugs to think that Japan is some kind of a Third World country! Even in Switzerland or any other rich country when mother nature shows it’s fury I don’t care how rich you are poor you are your roads or bridges trains subways airports cannot be devastated and we all must realize we are nothing but mortal humans, we’re all going to die sooner or later no matter how rich or poor we happen to be.

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‘Thoughts and prayers’ yeah, like that’s gonna help.

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So horrible for the communities. Just tying to get home one day, and your house is full of mud, or washed away.

This is just the start, Year on year conditions will get worse and wider spread.

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Looking at the damage now and it looks terrible.

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For as long as I've had an interest in Japan, there have been floods like these, somewhere, every year. So much so, that I'm surprised more Japanese homes aren't built on stilts as they are in some South Asian countries. More nations around the world are suffering annual flooding and there is more awareness about not building on flood plains, but too many residential areas are sitting ducks with too little work being done to protect them.

Japan loves to concrete over bits of the environment, fearing landslips, but it may reduce the ability of land areas to soak up water. On the other hand, it may depend on how you use it. How many 'Hebel Hauses' have been built? https://soranews24.com/2015/09/21/single-hebel-haus-is-the-only-structure-to-defy-the-flooding-of-japans-angry-demon-river/

Facing climate change, flood water needs to be channelled into reservoirs for periods of drought (drinking water, crop irrigation and fire fighting) and hydroelectric schemes. Very few countries are doing enough of this, despite it becoming more essential every year. We may already have reached the point where that isn't enough and both desalination plants and local/personal water storage need to be added to the list of needful things.

Losing your home and possessions to a flood is devastating, even in a country that lives with quakes. I hope the insurers are supportive and quick to assist.

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Short and simple (from the article) for Herve L'Eisa: Scientists say climate change is intensifying the risk of heavy rain in Japan and elsewhere because a warmer atmosphere holds more water.

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Climate change is pretty undeniable at this point...unless you just can't face the facts (i.e. melting ice caps).

Denying facts is necessary for those who refuse to question the fossil establishment, all branches of the establishment including the 'Wall Street and others in the West' plus Russia and the Gulf states.

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this happens every year in Japan.hope no one died.

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