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Heavy Rains Cause Floods in Japan – Thousands Evacuated..

Heavy flooding and landslides in Japan have forced almost 100,000 people to abandon their homes, with large parts of the country on high flood alert.

The city of Joso, north of the capital, Tokyo, was hit by a wall of water after the Kinugawa River burst its banks.

NBC News report that local police say at least 10 people are missing in the city following the flooding.

Helicopter rescue teams have been plucking people from rooftops and houses have been swept away by the powerful torrents of water.

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People await rescue on the roof of a house. Credit: Reuters

Around 6,900 buildings in Joso were flooded in the deluge, an official at the Land and Transport Ministry told NBC News.

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People are rescued from vehicles by firefighters at an area flooded by the Kinugawa river. Credit: Reuters

“We are experiencing heavy rain on an unprecedented scale, this is an urgent situation where grave danger may be approaching,” said the Meteorological Agency’s Takuya Deshimaru to reporters.

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One woman walks in the deep water with her dog under her arm. Credit: Reuters

A man wades through a flooded street in Oyama, 50 miles northeast of Tokyo, on Thursday, September 10, after heavy rains pounded the region for two straight days.

A car makes its way through a flooded street in Oyama on September 10.

Residents and dogs wait for rescuers while a raging river floods their homes in Joso on September 10.

A hotel building plunges into floodwater at a mountain resort in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, on September 10.

People await help while vehicles are overturned and submerged in the flooded roads of Joso on September 10.

 

The rains come a day after Typhoon Etau brought winds of up to 125km/h (77mph) to parts of central Japan.

Photo Source - CNN
Text Source - http://www.itv.com/news/2015-09-10/houses-dragged-away-by-heavy-floods-in-japan/

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