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3 killed, 25 missing in Japan floods

11 September 2015 11:24



Relentless flooding from torrential rains has claimed the lives of three people across Japan, while another 25 have gone missing.

Authorities reported the fatalities on Friday amid no let-up in disastrous raining, triggered by Typhoon Etau, which overwhelmed the country earlier in the week.

One woman was found dead in the Kanuma city, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Tokyo, after mudslides struck her house.

Another woman was found dead in Miyagi Prefecture in the country’s northeast. A male victim also lost his life in the eastern Japan Tochigi Prefecture.

The missing, who included two eight-year-old children, were from the Joso city, located to the north of the capital, where the Kinugawa River burst its banks on Thursday, flooding residential areas and farming fields.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said some 5,800 troops, police, and firefighters had been dispatched to flooded areas.

“The government is making the utmost effort, mobilizing police, firefighters and the Self-Defense Forces, to rescue people as quickly as possible,” Suga said in Tokyo.

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