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Flood warnings, evacuation orders issued for northwestern Hokkaido amid heavy rain

Swollen from heavy rain, the Ishikari River floods a riverside plaza in the city of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on July 3, 2018. (Mainichi)

Flood warnings and evacuation orders have been issued for parts of northwestern Hokkaido as Japan's northernmost prefecture was hit by heavy rains on July 3.

The Hokkaido prefectural government's disaster prevention group posted flood warnings for large parts of the regions of Sorachi, Kamikawa and Rumoi, and evacuation orders for the municipalities of Asahikawa and Higashikawa in the Kamikawa area, and Fukugawa, Numata and Moseushi in the Sorachi district. Emergency shelter instructions have also been issued for the city of Rumoi.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported flooding along the Uryu and Ishikari rivers, and the latter was observed overflowing its banks in the city of Asahikawa.

Meanwhile, heavy rain advisories have been issued for the entire prefecture except for the Nemuro region, with warnings for the Kamikawa and Rumoi districts. Flood advisories were also posted for the districts of Soya, Okhotsk and Tokachi.

(By Robert Sakai-Irvine, Staff Writer)

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