Tokyo: Japanese authorities on Wednesday directed more than 1 million residents in parts of the southern main island of Kyushu to evacuate to designated shelters as heavy rains batter the region, prompting fears of landslides and widespread flooding. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said the directive was issued in three southern prefectures. Directives are stronger than advisories, but there are no penalties if people do not comply. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ Heavy rain has continued in southern Japan since Friday, killing an elderly woman in a mudslide in Kagoshima. The rain also has flooded dozens of homes. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami said 14,000 ground troops were standing by for emergency rescue and search operations if needed. He urged residents to use caution and try to evacuate early “to protect your lives” rather than waiting until the last minute. The agency said landslide warnings have been issued for parts of the three prefectures because rain is expected to intensify over the next few days. The Meteorological Agency says up to 35 centimeters (13 inches) more rain is expected through Thursday.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Zayd al Khair, a religious adviser at the mosque, said: “Any money or currency is neither halal – permissible – nor haram – impermissible. “Guidance is about the value which it represents. If money is transacted in a lawful manner then it is halal. “We do not always know the source of cash donations, but we take these in good faith too.” It has received advice from Shoreditch startup Combo Innovation, a blockchain company which focuses on Islamic finance.The money is used to carry out repairs at the mosque, offer help to families who are struggling to pay funeral costs and shelter and feed the poor. Bitcoin is acceptable in the eyes of Allah, a mosque has declared, as it becomes the first in the UK to accept cryptocurrency donations. Religious advisers at the Masjid Ramadan in Dalston, east London, have said the currency is halal if it is “transacted in a lawful manner”. There has been significant debate about cryptocurrency in the Muslim world, with figures including the Mufti of Egypt suggesting it is haram, or forbidden, because it is used by some for illegal activity. Because of its anonymous nature bitcoin has become associated with buying drugs and other unlawful items online. But the mosque has declared that Muslims can use it for their Ramadan donation, known as zakat. Muslims are meant to give away 2.5 per cent of their wealth to charity during Ramadan, an annual donation which is compulsory for all but the poorest Muslims. The mosque, also known as Shacklewell Lane Mosque, will accept donations in two different cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum.