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Jul 20 2012

Flooding in Kyushu, Japan (Video)

In some areas almost 80cm (31in) of rain fell in just 72 hours – devastating a vast swathe of the country’s southern Kyushu island.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of more landslides and flooding as rainfall of 11cm (4in) per hour was recorded in some areas. (Sky News)

Starting last Thursday through this past weekend, the southern most island of Japan, Kyushu, was hit by seasonal monsoon rain that inundated nearly the entire island. See the map below for areas affected.

Evacuation orders have been issued to around 260,000 people in the north of the island where more rivers have now burst their banks, according to local media reports. (Sky News)

A quarter of a million people were reported to have been evacuated from their homes. Most of them had been allowed to return earlier this week. However, almost 30 people were killed in this flood event including quite a few from landslides. There were also a few thousands that were isolated by the flooding in Yame, and still cut off by flooded roads as of Wednesday.

Fukuoka prefecture said that as of Monday, damage there extended to more than 4,300 homes, 800 roads and 20 bridges. At least 518 landslides were recorded, and more than 2,700 people had evacuated their homes, it said in a statement. (AP)

This is another major tragedy for a nation that is just over a year removed from the tsunami disaster that hit in March of last year.

 Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers.

Japan floods kill 28, thousands remain cut off (AP)

Evacuees Begin Returning Home After Floods Kill 27 in Japan (NY Times)

Thousands remain cut off after Japan floods (USA Today)

Japan Floods: Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated (Sky News)

Japan floods: Videos, images from the rescue effort (Washington Post)

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