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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Japan Friday issued evacuation advisories for more than 180,000 people in central Niigata region and tsunami-hit Fukushima, as heavy rains triggered floods which left five missing, reports said.A car drives through flooded roads in Sanjo City, Niigata prefecture. Japan has issued an evacuation advisory for more than 100,000 people in the central region of Niigata, as heavy rains triggered floods in the mountainous area.Sanjo City in Niigata, some 200 kilometres 125 miles north of Tokyo, advised all 104,000 residents to go to flood evacuation centres, Jiji Press news agency said.Rain had topped half a metre 20 inches at several points since Wednesday, it said.
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