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Japan Floods, Mudslides Leave 6 Dead, 19 Missing – Reports

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At least six people have died and 19 are missing after torrential rains battered southwestern Japan, causing flooding in the rural areas, local media reported.

Members of Japan's Self Defence Force hold an opening ceremony of a new military base on the island of Yonaguni in the Okinawa prefecture, March 28, 2016. - Sputnik International
Japan Mobilizes 7,500 Police, Soldiers to Rescue People on Flooded Island
TOKYO (Sputnik) — Two days of downfall have swept away homes, bridges and cut off roads, stranding thousands of residents in the Fukuoka and Oita prefectures on the Kyusyu island.

Bodies of three victims were found in the Asakura city in Fukuoka after a nearby river overflew and almost submerged the city, according to the Kyodo news agency.

A rescue worker was killed in a mudslide and another man was found dead in a river in the neighboring Oita prefecture.

The Japanese cabinet held an emergency meeting early on Thursday, with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso describing the situation as beyond the imagination. The government spokesman said 7,500 police, soldiers and firefighters had been sent to the rescue.

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