Dealing with a natural disaster in the midst of a global pandemic.
In southwestern Japan, boxes of surgical masks and bottles of disinfectant mark the entrance to a public gym in Yatsushiro city, where a shelter for residents fleeing devastating floods has been set up.
Rows upon rows of cardboard partitions line the floor, separating sleeping areas of 233 evacuees to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.
Japanese authorities have been warning local officials for months to include coronavirus measures in their disaster preparations.
Residents have been urged to seek shelter with friends or relatives if possible to avoid overcrowding evacuation centers.
A city official said the evacuation center was limited to 300 people despite a capacity for 500.
About 60 people have died or were feared dead from floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains that have pounded the southwestern island of Kyushu, since Saturday (July 4).
Extreme rain warnings were issued for parts of central Japan on Wednesday (July 8).
Disaster experts said persuading people to evacuate early and find alternative shelters was vital, but agreed that convincing people to plan ahead was often tough.