Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Japan’s monsoon floods amplify misery and fear

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Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Japan’s monsoon floods amplify misery and fear

Eastern Japan has awaken to heavy temblor, the South and West parts of Japan are hit by torrential rain and is forecast through at least Sunday across the country. Japan is in the middle of its annual rainfall season, yet citizens share that this year’s rain spell is unlike what they have witnessed before. The rain front that started in Southwest Japan is believed to have already claimed over 60 lives.

The coronavirus pandemic has complicated rescue, recovery and evacuation efforts. One nonprofit group told Asahi TV that “shelters should be reserved for those with no other alternatives. We are helping one another by staying in our cars.”

“Shachu-haku” (sleeping in one’s car) is trending online in Japan as evacuees flock to shelters, but then stay in the parking lots.

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