Last Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Extreme Floods and Landslides hit Kyshu Island of Japan: 30 killed, 11 still missing

Disaster Report: At least 30 people are reported dead or missing in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

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-Thirty people reported to be killed in floods and landslides in southwestern Japan. Still 11 people are reported to be missing.
-More than 17,000 households urged to evacuate in Kumamoto Prefecture. Around 50,000 people in Oita and Kumamoto were told to move immediately to safer ground.
-The flooding and landslide disasters also disrupted local train services, blocked off roads.
-Following the officials of Japan Meteorological Agency, rainfall in parts of Kumamoto and Oita prefectures reached levels that have "never been experienced before."
-More heavy rain and landslides forecast in other areas of Japan, including the west and northeast.
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-Flooding in North Kyushu in 1953 killed more than 1,000 people.
-Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands.
-Below is the flooding video by AlJazeera.

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