Heavy rain in Northern Kyushu and the Kagetsu River Bridge
We would like to express our condolences to everyone affected by the heavy rain in northern Kyushu.
Heavy rain in northern Kyushu
Record-setting, heavy rain on two occasions (July 2012 and July 2017) has left major after-effects in northern Kyushu. During the heavy rain of July 2017, fierce rain fell continually from July 5 to 6. This unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage in northern Kyushu, including record-breaking precipitation over 24 hours that was the largest every observed (*) in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture; Hita City, Oita Prefecture; and other locations.
*Statistics of surface observation values and values observed by the Automated Meteorological Data Acquisition System (AMeDAS)
Kagetsu River Bridge
Due to heavy rain on July 5, 2017, the Kagetsu River Bridge (railway bridge) was washed away between Teruoka Station and Hita Station on the Kyudai Main Line. Train operation was suspended in this zone, and buses were operated as alternate transportation. The interruption of this route—transportation for tourists that also upholds daily life, including people commuting to work and school—impacted people who live along the line and many others.