Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video MOST POPULAR

Record rain in Japan takes a deadly turn

Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 01:07

One person has been reported dead as record rains batter southwestern Japan for a second day, with flooded rivers forcing 400,000 from their homes. Grace Lee reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

This is what's left standing in the Japanese city of Asakura, after torrential rains blasting the area on Thursday (July 6) took a tragic turn. One person has been discovered dead, buried in a landslide and at least a dozen people are missing, including a child. Residents telling horror stories of family members being swept away by the waters, or trees tearing through walls of their residences. Flooding rivers have forced about 400 thousand people from their homes, with landslides reported in several areas. The government rushing to send aid, with over 75 hundred rescuers mobilized to help with evacuations. That includes police, firefighters and soldiers. 50 helicopters are also on standby and officials warn the storm isn't over. "There is still chance of more torrential rain. I urge everyone in Japan to pay attention to weather information updates from radio and television broadcasts," said Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary. Local media reports say the area saw about 770 millimeters of rain on Wednesday (July 5), more than double the amount it usually sees.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Record rain in Japan takes a deadly turn

Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 01:07