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I just saw the terrible news about massive flooding in Kyushu.  Photos seem to show the famous Kuma River Bridge used by SL Hitoyoshi has washed away, as have many homes.  Flooding in stations and yards also has covered some DMUs.  

 

 

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change title as other areas affected too
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I hope they will rebuild it, or a significant portion of joyful trains will be superfluous. I hope people are safe. 

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The flood level reaching the workshops, with water flooding in.  Hope nothing got too damaged.

 

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I checked in earlier today with a friend who lived in Kumamoto for a few years; although not in the area of the flooding and their friends are all OK.  Except for one who did lose a house that was completely destroyed.

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Hate to say it but that might kill of the line forever. Between Yatsushiro and Hayato on a recent report was deemed an deficit line.

 

Shame to see a 100 year old New York built bridge with so much history go down the river.

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Especially since the destruction is most likely much larger than we see it is; probably the whole line (along the Kuma river) and all buildings and bridges need to be reconstructed. It's not like the Hohi line that was destroyed in one particular area. 

 

Then again it would also mean the 7 Stars Kyushu, and 5 other joyful trains will be cancelled or lead to nowhere. Fortunately JR Kyushu isn't as poor as JR Hokkaido so, who knows. 

 

Glad I rode this line in the SL Hitoyoshi when I did back in 2015. Pretty amazing line, too. Would have been upset if I missed that one also besides Kumamoto castle and Aso shrine (the first I actually stood next to several months before the earthquake, but didn't go in because I did not have time).

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Heavy rains are now over Oita prefecture. The bridge near Bungonakamura for the Kyudai Main Line has also collapsed.

 

sad thing is that this line also suffered greatly just a few years ago.

 

will JR Kyushu now give it up?

 

 

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There is now a heavy rain warning on a line basically stretching from northern Kyushu to southern Tohoku. More people and railway lines might be affected. 
 

there are currently heavy flooding and landslides in the Gifu area near Takayama and Gero. Gero is completely cut off from the outside world. Large areas are being evacuated.

 

Hida river at the time of this writing (also contains a before picture).

 

Many evacuations starting in Nagano prefecture now too.
 

might as well change the title of this topic to “Japan floods July 2020”

 

Dark times ahead for Japanese railway fans....

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and for anyone living/working in the affected areas.

 

This year's tsuyu front is unusually heavy and slow-moving. Windy as well, at least in Tokyo.

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I don't understand how this is possible.

Almost every year we are watching some devastating flooding caused by either heavy rain or hurricanes in Japan.

The question is: why do they always create such a mayhem? Is Japan so unlucky that for the past few years it saw some extreme events that happen once in a century, or are they really unprepared?

I live in Italy, and I expect that every year comes Autumn we have some heavy damage caused by rain, but we're in Italy, we pay for our chronicle lack of planning and disorganization.

But how is it possible this happens in Japan, one of the most advanced countries in the world?

Am I missing something?

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The last few years has seen increasing amounts of excessive rain. You can’t do much about the amounts of rain Japan has been getting, except radical rethinking of mitigation structures. Once in a lifetime flooding is now commonplace and the new normal, and will become even more extreme the longer everyone is ignoring climate change.

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The problem with Japan in particular is that though it's not a small country, most of it (apart from maybe Hokkaido) consists of steep hills and narrow valleys (presumably similar to, but probably more extreme than Italy), so settlement is by necessity limited to the limited space on the valley floors, and the rest consists mainly of alluvial flood plains, so once it rains above a certain amount (like it has been doing in recent years) it will inevitably flood, and no matter how rich/advanced a country is, you can only build the dykes and other flood defences (of which there are a lot) so high. One issue which keeps coming up is that pumping stations behind flood dykes are being rendered ineffective because the amount of rain means they are ending up getting flooded and can't operate, or when they can, the river where they'd pump the water to is at capacity.

 

When acquiring Chez Railsquid I was very careful to check the topography of the wider area, turned out it was literally (in the sense of "literally") on the watershed of the two main river systems in the Tokyo area and is at one of the highest points in the 23-ku, so even after extreme heavy rain the water drains away in an hour or so at most.

 

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JR Kyushu announced that due to the destruction of the Histatsu line, the Joyful trains "Kawasemi Yamasemi" and "Isaburo Shinpei" will run as one 4 car train between Hakata and Mojiko station selling regional items from Hitoyoshi and Kuma (the regions that have been affected the most by the floods). Between August 8 and August 31 only in weekends.

 

http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/common/inc/news/newtopics/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2020/07/29/200729kawayamaisashintokubetuunkou.pdf

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2021.1.15
All lines on the Kyudai Main Line will reopen!
Suspended by heavy rains in July 2020, the Bungo-Mori Station to Shonai Station routes on the Kyudai Main Line will reopen.
Timetables and details will be released when finalized.

〇Reopening Routes and Dates
 1. Yufuin Station to Shonai Station: First train departing on Feb. 13 (Sat.) 2021
 2. Bungo-Mori Station to Yufuin Station: First train departing on Mar. 1 (Mon.) 2021

 The reopening of above lines means all Kyudai Main Line routes from Kurume to Oita are opened.
 *Weather may affect construction and scheduled reopening.

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SL58654Gō
3 hours ago, katoftw said:

2021.1.15
All lines on the Kyudai Main Line will reopen!
Suspended by heavy rains in July 2020, the Bungo-Mori Station to Shonai Station routes on the Kyudai Main Line will reopen.
Timetables and details will be released when finalized.

〇Reopening Routes and Dates
 1. Yufuin Station to Shonai Station: First train departing on Feb. 13 (Sat.) 2021
 2. Bungo-Mori Station to Yufuin Station: First train departing on Mar. 1 (Mon.) 2021

 The reopening of above lines means all Kyudai Main Line routes from Kurume to Oita are opened.
 *Weather may affect construction and scheduled reopening.

That is good news. I'm surprised that though the damage to the Kyudai line included at least one bridge washed out, it'll reopen soon. With that line's recovery soon to be out of the way, some municipal governments in Kumamoto expressing willingness to help the Hisatsu Line recover, and the Yunomae Line expressing intent to help rebuild (it wouldn't make too much sense for that line to lead to nowhere once it reopens to Hitoyoshi Onsen) I have hope that the Hisatsu Line will open once more, and the SL Hitoyshi will steam once again to the town of its namesake. 

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