Deadly flooding devastates southern Japan, hundreds trapped
Thursday, July 6, 2017, 5:49 PM - Severe flooding in Kyushu, Japan, has claimed at least two lives and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
The flooding escalated when riverbanks burst on Wednesday, the result of torrential rain — more than 50 cm — falling within 12 hours. More than 7,000 rescuers have been deployed to assist in the disaster, with 250 people rescued so far, BBC News reports.
Hundreds more were trapped in areas near the floodwater, according to Japan's Kyodo News. At least 20 people remain missing, including a child who was swept away in a fast-flowing river.
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Japan's Deputy Prime Minister, Taro Aso, told the BBC that the situation remains incredibly dangerous, with the heightened risk of hillsides collapsing.
An evacuation order has been issued for roughly 400,000 locals in the prefectures of Fukuoka and Oita.