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Western Japan flooding demonstrates importance of building community ties

  • July 31, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the recent flooding in Western Japan that took the lives of over 200 people, making it the worst flood of the Heisei era in casualties. The network examined what local governments and communities could have done to save lives based on the recognition that similar disasters may occur more frequently in the future due in part to global warming. As more than 90% of the 51 people who were killed in the flood in the town of Mabi in Kurashiki, Okayama, were elderly residents, the program said that the local government’s issuance of an evacuation advisory appeared to be insufficient. The program stressed that building and maintaining close community ties is critical for a smooth and orderly evacuation in times of disaster.   

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