Japan: International Charter activated for floods

Satellite sees Japan
Japan seen from space
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Due to unprecedented rainfall in Japan, the Asia Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) has activated the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" on 29 July 2013, in order to deal with the current and potential damages derived from the flood, that have already taken at least one life. It is estimated that during half of the previous day fell half of the average monthly rainfall resulting in severe floods in the Yamaguchi and Shimane Prefectures of Japan, causing the River Abu burst its banks and flood the nearby communities.

Furthermore, besides the floods the rainfall has also caused mudslides, destroying several properties. To avoid future losses the authorities have already advised an evacuation of the affected areas (an estimated total of 5000 people), since the weather forecast indicates that the storms will continue.