Japan floods: After typhoon, rivers overflow, nuclear water

Japan floods: After typhoon, rivers overflow, nuclear water

After Typhoon Etau smashed into Japan, heavy rains, rivers overflow & hundreds of tonnes of radiation contaminated water flow into ocean from crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor.

Car stranded as streets flooded northeast of Tokyo in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, Thursday. (Kyodo News via AP photo)


Floods spark evacuations as Japan is deluged


Tens of thousands of people were ordered to flee homes across Japan on Thursday as heavy rain pounded the country, sending radiation-tainted waters into the ocean at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.


Waist-high floods in some areas left rescuers scrambling to pluck people to safety as a wide area was deluged in the wake of Typhoon Etau.

Typhoon Etau, which smashed into Japan on Wednesday, moved out into the Sea of Japan by the end of the day, but a wall of rain continued to lash the country.

"This is a scale of downpour that we have not experienced before. Grave danger could be imminent," forecaster Takuya Deshimaru told an emergency press conference.

A man wades through a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa River, caused by typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, Sept 10. One person was missing on Thursday as 90,000 people were ordered to evacuate after rivers burst their banks in cities north of Tokyo following days of heavy rain pummelling Japan, according to local media. (Reuters photo)

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued special warnings for Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures, north of Tokyo, urging vigilance against mudslides and flooding.

Parts of central Tochigi have seen almost 60 centimetres of rain since Monday evening.

More than a dozen people were injured, including a 77-year-old woman who broke her leg after falling in strong winds, local reports said.

People wait for help as the vehicles are submerged in flooding in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Thursday. (Kyodo News via AP photo)


The torrential downpour has also exacerbated a contaminated-water problem at the Fukushima nuclear plant as it overwhelmed the site's drainage pumps, a spokesman for operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said.

Hundreds of tonnes of contaminated water have flowed into the ocean, he added.

Tepco is storing huge volumes of water used to cool nuclear reactors that were sent into meltdown when a tsunami hit Japan in 2011.

Rescue workers transport evacuees in a rubber boat through floodwaters at Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Sept 10. (AFP photo)


Tochigi authorities ordered more than 90,000 residents to evacuate, while another 116,000 were advised to leave their homes, public broadcaster NHK said.

The severe rain also disrupted rail transport in eastern and northeastern Japan. East Japan Railway has decided to halt service  between Fukushima and Shinjo stations on the Yamagata Shinkansen line for the day, Kyodo News said. 

In Ibaraki prefecture, at least 20,000 were ordered to evacuate for fear of flooding...

Kyodo News reported that the Kinugawa River was overflowing at three spots and...dikes were breached in two rivers in Koga, Ibaraki, according to local authorities....


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  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • advise: to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation - แนะนำ, แจ้ง
  • agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • breach: a break through or over something - รอยแตก, การข้าม, การทำให้แตก
  • broadcaster: a person whose job is presenting or talking on television or radio programmes - ผู้กระจายเสียงทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์
  • contaminated: made dirty, polluted or poisonous by the addition of a chemical, waste or infection - ปนเปื้อน
  • continued: happening or existing for a period of time without interruption - ซึ่งติดต่อกัน, ซึ่งต่อเนื่องกัน
  • crippled: damaged and prevented from working properly - ที่พัง ที่ใช้การไม่ได้
  • deluge: a sudden flow of a large amount of water; a sudden, very heavy rainfall - น้ำปริมาณมาก ฝนตกหนัก
  • disrupt: to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem - ได้รับการกระทบกระเทือน  ถูกทำให้หยุดชะงัก
  • downpour: a lot of rain in a short time - ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
  • drainage: the system of water or waste liquids flowing away from somewhere into the ground or down pipes - การระบายน้ำ
  • emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
  • evacuate: to cause to leave a place because it is not safe - เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
  • evacuate: to leave a place because it is not safe - อพยพออกจากพื้นที่
  • evacuation: moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ
  • exacerbate: to make something worse - ทำให้แย่ลง
  • experience (verb): to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบ
  • flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
  • flood (noun): a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry - น้ำท่วม
  • forecaster: someone whose job is to make a statement about what is likely to happen, especially relating to the weather - นักพยากรณ์(อากาศ)
  • grave: very serious; very dangerous - วิกฤติ, ร้ายแรง
  • halt: to stop - หยุด
  • huge: very large - ใหญ่โต
  • imminent: expected to happen soon - ในไม่ช้า จวนเจียน จวนตัว
  • in the wake of: happening after an event or as a result of it - สืบเนื่องมาจาก
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • issue (verb): to officially announce - ออกประกาศ
  • lash: to hit with a lot of force - กระทบอย่างแรง
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • meltdown: a serious accident in which the central part of a nuclear reactor melts, causing harmful radiation to escape - วิกฤตเครื่องปฏิกรณ์นิวเคลียร์
  • meteorological: relating to the study and prediction of the weather - เกี่ยวกับทางอุตุนิยมวิทยา
  • mudslide: a large amount of mud sliding down a mountain, often destroying buildings and injuring or killing people below - ทะเลโคลนที่มาจากภูเขาทำลายบ้านเรือนและผู้คน
  • operator (noun): a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
  • order (verb): to use your position of authority to tell somebody to do something or say that something must happen - สั่ง
  • overflow: (of a river or body of water) to flood the land next to it - เอ่อล้น, ไหลล้น
  • overwhelmed: so affected emotionally by something that it is difficult for you to resist or know how to react; confused and not certain what to do - งุนงงอย่างที่สุด
  • pluck: to take something away suddenly or quickly - นำออกมาจาก
  • pound: to hit something hard many times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise - ตำ
  • power (noun): energy from electricity - พลังงาน, พลังงานกล,พลัง, กำลัง, แรง
  • prefecture: one of the districts into which some countries are divided - อำเภอ
  • press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว
  • pump: a piece of equipment for making a liquid or gas move into or out of something - เครื่องสูบ(น้ำ etc.)
  • radiation: powerful and very dangerous rays that are sent out from radioactive substances - รังสี, พลังงานจากรังสี
  • rescuer: a person who saves someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • scale: the size or extent of something, especially when compared with something else - ขนาด, ระดับ
  • scramble (noun): moving quickly but with difficulty; to take quick action to solve a problem - การทำอย่างรีบเร่ง
  • severe: very serious and worrying - ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
  • smash: to hit or kick something very hard -
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • station: train station; a place where a train stops and picks up passengers and cargo - สถานีรถไฟฟ้า
  • tainted: spoiled by an unpleasant quality or feature - มัวหมอง มีมลทิน แปดเปื้อน
  • torrential: (of rain or moving water) extremely heavy - ซึ่งไหลเชี่ยว
  • transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
  • typhoon: a tropical storm with strong winds that move in circles - พายุไต้ฝุ่น
  • urge (verb): to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - วิงวอน ย้ำเตือน
  • vigilance: being very careful to notice any signs of danger or trouble - การเฝ้าระแวด
  • volume (noun): an amount of something - ปริมาณ
  • waist: the middle part of the body that is narrower than the parts above and below   - เอว
  • warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - การเตือน
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