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Two dead and 25 missing as Heavy flood hit Japan
« on: September 11, 2015, 11:59:10 AM »

At least two people are dead and 25 others missing in the Ibaraki and Tochigi regions of Japan, where heavy flooding has stranded hundreds of residents.

Heavy rainfall caused the Kinugawa River to burst its banks on 10 September, triggering further flooding in the city of Joso, central Japan.

A 63-year-old woman was killed after her house was crushed by a landslide and another when her car was swept away by floodwater, according to Reuters. At least 27 people were injured. Some 2,000 troops, police and fire fighters were dispatched to flooded areas on 11 September, according to local reports.

"The central government, police, fire officials and military are all working as one," chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga was quoted as saying by Reuters. "We are doing everything in our power to rescue those in need as soon as possible."

Evacuation alert

Japan's meteorological agency has also issued an evacuation alert to 412,000 people in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture - some 360km (220 miles) north of Tokyo - after the nearby Nanakitagawa River flooded in Izumi ward. The region's Shibui River burst its banks, inundating fields and houses in the largely rural city of Osaki.

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