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Torrential rain is causing floods and landslides in northern Japan, nearly one million residents displaced

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 1:45 PM -

Torrential rain is causing floods and landslides in northern Japan. 

In Sapporo City, Hokkaido, a group of four relief workers were hit by a vehicle while they were repairing a road from damage by mud. One worker died, and the others were injured. 

Flooding also caused a road to subside. Weather officials are urging residents, mainly in western Hokkaido, to exercise the highest level of caution. 

Local government authorities issued evacuation advisories on Thursday for more than 900,000 people in 11 cities and towns. 


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The downpours forced airlines to cancel 24 flights from and to Hokkaido's New Chitose Airport. 

In Miyagi Prefecture, strong gusts have toppled over sideways two prefabricated storage facilities at the Air Self-Defense Force's Matsushima base. Weather officials warn atmospheric conditions will remain unstable for a while over a wide area covering western to northern Japan. 

They are advising caution against rain-triggered disasters in all affected areas.

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