Deadly floods in Japan

This item appears on page 19 of the September 2018 issue.

Record-setting rains in western Japan caused flooding and landslides in early July, resulting in the deaths of more than 200 people, with dozens still unaccounted for as of press time.

More than two million people were evacuated as rivers flowed over their banks. By July 5, some areas had received more than three times the amount of rain than the average for the entire month, with the rainfall in one town, Motoyama, being measured at 23 inches through July 6 and 7.