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Top disaster alert issued in Japan's Ishikawa Pref. as heavy rain increases landslide risk

The swollen Kakehashi River in the city of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, is seen in this image taken from live camera footage from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2022. (Mainichi)

A top-level disaster alert has been issued for parts of Ishikawa Prefecture along the Sea of Japan amid a rising risk of landslides caused by torrential rain.

    The Komatsu Municipal Government in the prefecture ordered "emergency safety measures" across the entire city at noon on Aug. 4. The order is the highest of five disaster alert levels, requiring people in the area to secure their safety immediately by such means as evacuating to the upper floors of buildings.

    According to sources including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Kakehashi River overflowed in Komatsu on the afternoon of the same day.

    The government of the neighboring city of Hakusan also ordered emergency safety measures in part of the city at 1 p.m. the same day.


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