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Floods kill 6 people and force 100,000 out of their houses in Japan

Japan is facing the worst kind of nature’s fury. Heavy rains lashing the southwestern part of the island nation have caused disastrous floods. The heavy rains that have been going on for the last two days led to the death of six people even as several others are untraceable. Authorities have warned more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes, while warning of more rains and landslide.

Over the past couple of days, the southernmost island that makes up Japan Kyushu has received over 22 inches of rainfall. This amounts to more rains than expected all through the month of July according to the meteorological agency. Only last week, the region faced typhoon Nanmadol which has been directly linked to the torrential downpour.

Continuous rains caused flash floods that led to several cities being immersed in the deluge. Subsequent landslides caused destruction of property, flooding of the roads and breaking of electric supply and communication lines.

Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga informed, “Rescue officials, including fire fighters, police and other forces, have been mobilized. They have managed to rescue 250 people but are yet to reach some of the affected areas.” The rescuers had to use helicopters to reach people stranded in the rubble of broken buildings. They also waddled through water and mud to reach the others.

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