Over one million told to evacuate in Japan after heavy rain kills 44 Jul 07, 2020 0 40 12345 DPATokyoThe death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, while a heavy rain emergency warning forced local authorities to issue evacuation orders to 1.1 million residents.Ten people were still unaccounted for, Kumamoto prefectural officials said, though heavy rain continued to pound flood-stricken areas, hampering search and rescue operations.Meanwhile, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a heavy rain emergency warning for the prefectures of Saga, Nagasaki and Fukuoka on Kyushu.In the city of Omura, Nagasaki, 94.5 millimetres of rain per hour was recorded, according to broadcaster NHK.Speaking at a news conference, the agency’s forecaster Yoshihisa Nakamoto warned of landslides, flooding and swollen rivers in the three prefectures and called on their residents to be on “maximum alert.” On Saturday, flooding and landslides struck rural areas of Kumamoto, leaving dozens of people, including 14 at a nursing home, dead.Wide areas along the Kuma River were flooded as its banks were breached at several locations. At least 14 bridges, including 10 over the Kuma in Kumamoto were washed away, NHK reported.About 6,100 households along the river were inundated, according to a government survey on Monday.About 7,750 households lost electricity in the prefectures of Kagoshima and Kumamoto as of Monday evening, Kyushu Electric Power said.The Meteorological Agency expected a seasonal rainy front to continue dumping torrential rains in wide areas of the country. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With 700,000 virus cases, India is 3rd worst-hit in world Jul 07, 2020 0 470 Duterte’s anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines’ top court Jul 07, 2020 0 342 World must support Hong Kong, says activist Wong at court hearing Jul 07, 2020 0 37 Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing DPA Manila Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols. “We are alarmed because the .. Nepal makes wearing a face mask mandatory in public places DPA Kathmandu Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules. Umakanta .. Hundreds of drones light up Seoul sky with virus messages Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were .. India, China agree to ‘complete disengagement’ from deadly border flashpoint AFP New Delhi Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the .. Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases DPA Canberra The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers .. China says US has ‘ulterior motives’ in South China Sea Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry ..