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Thousands flee Japan floods

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 01:04

Floods and landslides in Japan leave over 20 missing or dead and force tens of thousands to evacuate. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Over 20 people have been left dead or missing, with tens of thousands evacuated in Western Japan, after heavy rains caused severe flooding. Some areas of Kumamoto prefecture saw rains of up to 507 millimetres (1.8 feet) in less than 24 hours, Japan's meteorological agency said. Japanese media reported that evacuation orders had been issued for at least 68,000 people in both Kumamoto and Oita prefectures. The heavy rains also caused landslides, crushing houses in their path. The Japanese Self Defence force has been deployed to help residents, but some have been left worried about rising waters. Japan's meteorological agency has warned that with the atmospheric conditions remaining unstable, some areas should be on the lookout for high winds and possible tornados.

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Thousands flee Japan floods

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 01:04