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Flooded Southwestern Japan Gets More Rain as Rescue Efforts Continue

By Kyodo News 6 July 2020

TOKYO—Flood-ravaged Kumamoto Prefecture saw more rain on Monday as search-and-rescue efforts for those missing following the weekend’s deluge continued in the southwestern Japanese prefecture.

Twenty-five people have already been confirmed dead and 17 others are feared dead, while 11 people remain unaccounted for after torrential rain struck the area early Saturday, according to local authorities.

Some 1,500 people had taken shelter at 86 evacuation centers across the prefecture as of Sunday afternoon as the downpour caused mudslides and floods, severing roads and leaving many houses without water or power.

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