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Record rain hits Osaka, Nara areas

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The record-setting downpour that hit southern Osaka Prefecture and northwest Nara Prefecture caused floods and landslides in various cities and suspended traffic services between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

In Yamato-Takada, Nara Prefecture, overflow from a swollen channel flooded 50 houses, and nearly reached floor level in 300 others.

According to the Nara and Osaka prefectural governments, 57 houses and buildings suffered flooding above floor level, while water rose to just-below floor level of more than 550 buildings, leading 48 people to evacuate voluntarily.

According to the Osaka District Meteorological Observatory, 112 millimeters of rain fell in Katsuragi, Nara Prefecture, in a three-hour period from Monday night to early Tuesday morning, and 106 millimeters was recorded in Kumatoricho, Osaka Prefecture. Both measurements were records for the municipalities.

Since the rain began last week, 106 millimeters of rainfall has been recorded in Kawachi-Nagano, Osaka Prefecture, 94 millimeters in Nara and 80 millimeters in Naka Ward, Sakai.


INDIA - The flood situation in Assam turned grim on Tuesday with the Brahmaputra and its tributaries witnessing rising water level in catchment areas in several districts following incessant rainfall. Official sources have said the situation in worst-hit Dhemaji district remained critical with road and rail traffic remaining cut off for nearly a week and several villages still under water, though flood water was receding. Over 40,000 people in 120 villages were marooned after a breach in the embankment of river Kumotia, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra, in the flood-prone district. Vast tracts of land were inundated in Lakhimpur district after heavy rainfall and road communication was snapped in several places. The water level of Barak river was also showing a rising trend and inundated vast areas in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts.

TEXAS -USA: The Dallas-Fort Worth area should see a decrease in rainfall for the rest of the summer as low pressure areas have begun to clear out. “The UNUSUAL thing about it is that (the low pressure) persisted. We usually get a low for a couple of days at least once a summer, but we had one most of June and into July, that was the unusual part. We’ve kind of broken out of that pattern now.” As the weather returns to normal, some areas could see heavy rains while other areas may not get any rain. “It’s going to be a lot more hit and miss than it has been.”

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