18:35 GMT04 August 2020
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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - Almost 15,000 houses and residential buildings have been destroyed, damaged, or flooded as a result of the downpours predominantly in southwest Japan, the NHK broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

    Non-stop heavy rains have led to floods and landslides in many residential areas. According to the authorities, a total of 14,800 houses have suffered damages.

    The death toll from the natural disaster currently stands at 72, while 13 people remain missing.

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    Police officers search missing people at the site of a landslide caused by heavy rain in Tsunagi town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 7, 2020

    On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit to the affected Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu island to assess the damage. Abe pledged to assist local authorities in disaster recovery.

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