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Torrential rains set record; cause minor land damage

Date Posted: 2011-11-18

Heavy rains swept across central and southern Okinawa, setting new rainfall records for November and triggering landslides, submerging roads and causing sinkholes.

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory had broadcast a heavy rains and flood warning before the storm dragged its way across the island November 9th, and its predictions rang true. Nanjo City bore the brunt of the deluge, recording a 24-hour total of 198.5ml, with the highest being 72ml in a single hour in the afternoon.

Other new records were recorded at Ashitomi in Naha City, the Kerama district of Zamami Island, Yonashiro in Uruma City and on Aguni Island. Damage was mostly minor, with a sinkhole about two meters wide, four meters long and 3.5 meters deep causing concern for officials in Okinawa City’s Goya district. A water pipe was broken in the same area.

Roads were buried under water for a few hours, small landslides were a common site for much of the afternoon at numerous sites, and the Okinawa City Waterworks Bureau was forced to stop services to 45 homes temporarily. Road flooding was reported in Naha, Itoman, Tomigusuku and Nishihara, causing traffic suspensions.

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