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Heavy rain floods northern Japan

05-30-2011 18:37 BJT Special Report:Floods and Droughts of Summer 2011 |

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Heavy rain has flooded the already-devastated Miyagi area of northern Japan, hindering its reconstruction after a massive earthquake and tsunami in March.

Torrential rains brought by typhoon Songda across the country caused landslides and floods, leaving at least 13 people dead and many more missing. Roads have been swept away in at least 200 places and some 19 bridges were damaged. Authorities in the Northeast of Tokyo urged more than 400,000 residents to evacuate their homes Friday following the flooding of a river.

MINAMISANRIKU, JAPAN - MAY 29: (JAPANESE NEWSPAPERS OUT)
People walk in the rain on May 29, 2011 in Minamisanriku,
Miyagi, Japan. The fear of landslides in quake hit area
is mounting as the rainy season is approaching. (Photo by
Sankei via Getty Images)

In some areas in the North, 54mm of rain fell in just 12 hours. Up to 1,000 troops have been supporting rescue missions and strengthening flood protection. Songda were downgraded to a tropical storm in the southwest of Japan late on Sunday, but strong winds and rain continue to batter the north.

MINAMISANRIKU, JAPAN - MAY 29: (JAPANESE NEWSPAPERS OUT) People walk in the rain on
May 29, 2011 in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, Japan. The fear of landslides in quake hit
area is mounting as the rainy season is approaching. (Photo by Sankei via Getty
Images)

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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