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Japan: The cat is IN the bag - rescue team saves woman and her cat from severe floods01:54

Japan: The cat is IN the bag - rescue team saves woman and her cat from severe floods

Japan, Hitoyoshi
July 12, 2020 at 08:05 GMT -00:00 · Published

As heavy rains hit southwestern Japan last week leading to the severe floods and mudslides, locals suffered loss of property and life. However, in remarkable footage obtained by Ruptly, a Japanese rescue team can be seen descending from a helicopter on July 4th, diving into the heart of the flooding in Hitoyoshi to swoop down and save a woman and a cat stranded in the flood waters.

The rescue team can be seen approaching the area where the woman was stranded in a helicopter before making their descent. Once in the water, the team approached patch of trees next to a nearly completely destroyed and submerged structure, where the woman was found waist deep in water. Once they got a firm grip on the woman’s cat, she was airlifted to safety in the helicopter.

As nearly three million people were being ordered to leave their homes, thousands of Japan's defences forces were deployed on various search and rescue missions to save those left behind and search for the missing.

Thus far, at least 155 people have died in the horrific floods and landslides that were triggered by torrential rain. It is being reported as the highest death toll caused by flooding that Japan has seen in over 30 years.

Japanese authorities have offered space in school halls and gymnasiums to displaced locals as thousands of properties have been destroyed by the rainfall. There still remains a strong risk of more landslides, with fears that hilltops may collapse amid constant heavy rain.

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As heavy rains hit southwestern Japan last week leading to the severe floods and mudslides, locals suffered loss of property and life. However, in remarkable footage obtained by Ruptly, a Japanese rescue team can be seen descending from a helicopter on July 4th, diving into the heart of the flooding in Hitoyoshi to swoop down and save a woman and a cat stranded in the flood waters.

The rescue team can be seen approaching the area where the woman was stranded in a helicopter before making their descent. Once in the water, the team approached patch of trees next to a nearly completely destroyed and submerged structure, where the woman was found waist deep in water. Once they got a firm grip on the woman’s cat, she was airlifted to safety in the helicopter.

As nearly three million people were being ordered to leave their homes, thousands of Japan's defences forces were deployed on various search and rescue missions to save those left behind and search for the missing.

Thus far, at least 155 people have died in the horrific floods and landslides that were triggered by torrential rain. It is being reported as the highest death toll caused by flooding that Japan has seen in over 30 years.

Japanese authorities have offered space in school halls and gymnasiums to displaced locals as thousands of properties have been destroyed by the rainfall. There still remains a strong risk of more landslides, with fears that hilltops may collapse amid constant heavy rain.

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