July 29 - Japanese rescuers rush to help hundreds stranded by flooding in villages across western Japan after at least one person died. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Authorities raced to rescue hundreds stranded in villages across western Japan on Monday after flash floods and torrential rains left one dead and at least three missing.
Helicopters were deployed to rescue hundreds of children and youths at a summer camp in Yamaguchi prefecture who were stranded overnight when roads collapsed and water leaked onto the camping site.
At least 50 elderly patients were also transported by helicopter to safety after their home was cut off by the floods and rains, local media reported.
Soldiers were also called in to look for the missing and other stranded villages in this relatively remote part of Japan.
Earlier this month the Japanese Meteorological Agency said Japan was getting wetter by the year.
Torrential rains, the agency said, had increased by 36 percent in the past three to four decades and would soar to an increase of 65 percent towards the end of the century.
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