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Japan: Massive flooding devastates the streets of Hitoyoshi03:24

Japan: Massive flooding devastates the streets of Hitoyoshi

Japan, Hitoyoshi
July 5, 2020 at 12:27 GMT -00:00 · Published

Dozens of citizens armed with boots, raincoats and shovels were seen on the streets in the town of Hitoyoshi, in Kumamoto prefecture, on Sunday, attempting to clean up after heavy flooding and mudslides left devastation in its wake.

Overturned vehicles could be seen on the flood-ridden streets, where debris was littered about and structures were seen damaged.

A Japan Self-Defense Forces vehicle and several motorbikers were also seen patrolling the streets.

Heavy rain triggered flooding of the Kuma river, which caused mudslides and left more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said.

Tens of thousands of residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were ordered to evacuate as the flood waters rose in the region.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced emergency measures, such as the deployment of thousands of troops for rescue and recovery operations, many by rescue helicopters and boats.

Japan: Massive flooding devastates the streets of Hitoyoshi03:24
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Dozens of citizens armed with boots, raincoats and shovels were seen on the streets in the town of Hitoyoshi, in Kumamoto prefecture, on Sunday, attempting to clean up after heavy flooding and mudslides left devastation in its wake.

Overturned vehicles could be seen on the flood-ridden streets, where debris was littered about and structures were seen damaged.

A Japan Self-Defense Forces vehicle and several motorbikers were also seen patrolling the streets.

Heavy rain triggered flooding of the Kuma river, which caused mudslides and left more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said.

Tens of thousands of residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were ordered to evacuate as the flood waters rose in the region.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced emergency measures, such as the deployment of thousands of troops for rescue and recovery operations, many by rescue helicopters and boats.

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