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Okinawa finally gets soaked in long-awaited rainfall

Date Posted: 2004-05-20

Although the annual rainy season has been upon Okinawa since the beginning of the month, the rains, with the exception of the very first day, did not come. And that left the threat of the first water rationing in seven years seriously hanging over the island.

However, with a very heavy rainfall on Monday, the rationing is again a few week’s further and many people can let out a sigh of relief.

Even better is that the heaviest rain concentrated in the northern part of the island where most of the prefecture’s reservoir dams are located.

According to Okinawa Weather Bureau, the precipitation in Nago City was measured at 62 mm, but Kin received a whopping 113 mm.

Although one-day heavy rain is nowhere near enough to fill the dams, officials at the bureau predict that more rain is on the way over the rest of the week.

There is also that the season’s second typhoon, Typhoon Nida that is approaching Okinawa will add more rain although it is likely pass about 200 km east of the island early Thursday.

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