16 people killed in Japan due to heavy rains
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16 people killed in Japan due to heavy rains

5 July, 23:21In the worldPhoto: english.kyodonews.net
As a result of floods and landslides caused by the heavy rains in southwestern Japan, 16 people died and 13 people are considered missing. Rescuers and military evacuate residents of settlements in flooded areas.

Another 17 people show no signs of life, but doctors have not officially confirmed their death, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the NHK television channel.

Heavy rainfall in southwestern Japan led to a flood of the river in Kumamoto Prefecture, several settlements flooded. Also, floods affected tens of thousands of residents of Kagoshima Prefecture. The evacuation of 320 thousand people in both prefectures has been announced. People are removed from the roofs of houses using helicopters, individual buildings were flooded on the third floor. Residents of the village of Sakamoto made a huge SOS inscription in white paint on the sports field - such footage was taken by television reporters from a rescue helicopter.

Floods left residents of the most affected areas without electricity and communications, which does not even allow to assess the magnitude of the disaster. At least 11 landslides have been recorded. The rescue operations are attended by police and firefighters. In addition, 10,000 troops from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces advanced to the disaster areas.

It is reported that as a result of prolonged heavy rains in the south-west of the country up to 400 millimeters of rain fell.

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