6 people killed in floods in Japan

TOKYO — Six people were killed, and nearly 80,000 forced from their homes in a torrential floods in southwestern Japan, local media has reported.

Parts of Fukuoka, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, were hit by 593 mm (23 inches) of rain in the past 48 hours, causing flooding, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Fukuoka and neighbouring Oita residents, who were waiting for rescue, were the hardest hit by rain, while 144,000 people could not return home. Television footage on Kyushu island showed pictures of houses whose roofs were destroyed, and cars and trees washed away by flood.

Around 12,300 soldiers, policemen and firemen waded through mud and climbed over piles of splintered wood to reach several hundred people cut off by landslides.

Source: Emirates News Agency