Japan city Joso hit by flooding and landslides

    Japan city Joso hit by flooding and landslides

    Sept.10, Tokyo: More than 90,000 people in north-east Japan have forced to abandon their house after extensive flooding and landslides.

    The city of Joso, north of the capital, Tokyo, was hit by a wall of water after the Kinugawa River burst its banks.

    Military helicopters have plucked residents from the top floors of their homes. One person has been reported missing in the region and at least 12 are injured.

    The rains come a day after a tropical storm brought winds of up to 125km/h (78mph) to central Aichi prefecture.

    Yuko Yoshida from the Japanese Red Cross told Al Jazeera that the exact number of those in need of emergency rescue was not known because many people had evacuated before the rains came in.

    "These heavy rains are unprecedented. We can say this is an abnormal situation and there is imminent serious danger," the chief forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Takuya Deshimaru, said on Thursday.

    The Oslo Times


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