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Record 3,451 mudslides occurred in Japan in 2018 due to rain, quake

A record 3,451 mudslide disasters occurred in Japan in 2018 due to torrential rain in the west and a powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, land ministry data showed Wednesday.
The preliminary figure, covering all prefectures apart from Ibaraki, Tochigi and Tokyo, was the highest since comparable data became available in 1982 and more than three times higher than the annual average of 1,015 through 2017, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said.
With concerns growing about an increase in downpours and typhoons linked to global warming, the government plans to help enhance disaster preparedness of people living in areas prone to natural disasters by raising awareness of potential hazards they face.
According to the land ministry data, 161 people died in mudslides this year, the third highest on record, and 1,443 homes were damaged or destroyed.
More than a third of the landslide disasters, or 1,243, occurred in Hiroshima Prefecture, followed by 419 in Ehime, 237 in Hokkaido, 193 in Yamaguchi and 171 in Kochi.
In the July torrential rain that caused massive flooding and mudslides, more than 220 people died in 15 prefectures in western Japan including Hiroshima, Ehime, Yamaguchi and Kochi.
More than 40 people were killed after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Hokkaido in September, triggering landslides and a blackout across the northernmost main island.


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