At least 15 missing as flood sweeps southern Japan

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Residents are rescued by boat after heavy rain isolated an area in Asakura, Fukuoka prefecture, southwestern Japan Thursday, July 6, 2017. Heavy rain following a recent typhoon flooded many houses in southwestern Japan, forcing thousands of people to flee, authorities said. (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan: In southern Japan 15 people are missing following huge floods brush away houses, damaging roads as they rushed through villages, with officials warning hundreds of people to escape. Meteorologists warned of worse to come as soldiers and rescuers rushed to evacuate hundreds of people on way of landslides and torrents of muddy water.

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A Japan Meteorological Agency official has also further conveyed that, heavy rains different anything experienced before. It is an unusual condition with solemn danger looming. The weather official issued warnings for landslides and overflowing rivers over wide swathes of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan. Heavy rains probably carry on in the region through.

Yesterday Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has also further conveyed that, Japan is arranging 7,500 police, rescue personnel in affected areas of Kyushu, whereas 40 helicopters are on supply for search operations as the weather becomes normal.

Officials in Fukuoka further conveyed they knew of 15 people who were missing. The city of Asakura was amongst the most hit with television footage demonstrating floodwaters rolling throughout the streets. Naohisa Ouchida, an official with Asakura city’s disaster management division has further added that, nearly seven people missing.

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It counts a report of a child seen being swept away. He was not capable to verify any facts of those missing, but told officials had received “many, many” calls from people in distress.

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