Japan braces for more rain as 19 die

People in southwestern Japan are bracing for more rain after “unprecedented” downpours left at least 19 people dead and eight missing as whole neighbourhoods were swamped.

Television footage showed torrents of muddy water carrying uprooted trees and other debris, while rivers burst their banks and flooded towns and villages in the main southern island of Kyushu.

Residential streets in the city of Kumamoto were buried in mud, while battered cars that had been swept away by flood water were left dumped on hillsides in scenes reminiscent of the March 2011 tsunami in the northeast.

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