Hundreds of people had to leave their homes on a All Japan newsese island for fear that heavy rain following the devastating typhoon Wipha would trigger fresh mudslides.
Over 2,300 residents on the island Oshima were advised to evacuate their homes, as the rain is expected to intensify.
More than 600 people had already moved to school gyms and community halls on Sunday, according to the international media that is quoting an official at the town’s administrative office.
Other people moved to their relatives who live in other regions of the island, considered to be safer.
The rain could trigger fresh landslides on the island where at least 27 residents were killed as a typhoon struck last week. The violent storm buried around 30 houses and damaged over 300 structures on Oshima, while killing two other people in or near Tokyo.
Although 21 people are still missing, the searching teams stopped their operations due to the bad weather.
Empress Michiko cancelled events scheduled on Sunday at the imperial palace in Tokyo to celebrate her 79th birthday in the wake of the disaster.