Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. Please support us by taking a moment to turn off Adblock on Dawn.com.

Floods in Japan kill 25, thousands remain cut off

Email


Your Name:


Recipient Email:


An aerial view shows a flooded residential area after a river was flooded by heavy rains in Kyoto in this photo taken by Kyodo. -Reuters Photo

TOKYO: Officials say at least 25 people have died and thousands of others remain cut off by floods and mudslides triggered by torrential rains in southern Japan.    

Evacuation orders issued a day earlier for a quarter of a million people were lifted in most areas Sunday as the rains subsided, allowing many people to return home.

But thousands remained cut off by landslides or fallen trees that blocked roads in mountainous areas. Local officials said 21 people died in hardest-hit Kumamoto prefecture. Four others died in nearby Oita and Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu.

Seven others remained missing. Most victims were in their 70s and 80s. Houses in Kyoto, Japan's old capital, also were flooded. The Meteorological Agency said the worst was over but predicted more rain through Monday.

DAWN_VIDEO - /1029551/DAWN-RM-1x1

LARGE_RECTANGLE_BOTTOM - /1029551/Dawn_ASA_Unit_670x280


Comments (0) Closed