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Torrential rain causes flooding and landslides in Japan

Torrential rain causes flooding and landslides in Japan

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Two days of torrential rain caused flooding and landslides across much of Japan this week. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said three people died, including a woman in her 60s who was found after a landslide hit houses in Kanuma city, and a woman in her 40s who was in a car that washed away in Kurihara city. A man in his 20s died after falling into a drainage ditch in Nikko city.

Some 190 miles north of Joso, another river overflowed into the city of Osaki on Friday morning, swamping homes and fields and stranding at least 60 people, according to media reports.

But the hardest-hit place appeared to be Joso, 30 miles northeast of Tokyo. The fast-rising waters in the city of 60,000 people led to a series of dramatic rescues by helicopters on Thursday.

Police and other emergency workers fanned out the next morning to search for the missing, while helicopters and boats brought in more of the stranded. More than 280 people have been airlifted out since the serious flooding began.

City officials said 22 people were missing after they had lost contact with them following requests for rescue. Three others were injured, one seriously. More than 3,500 people were staying in schools, community centers and other buildings converted to evacuation centers.

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India’s monsoon flooding

India’s monsoon flooding

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The flooding in India’s northeastern Assam state is the worst in the past three years, affecting nearly 600,000 people in 19 of the state’s 27 districts, officials said. Monsoon flooding has lead nearly 200,000 people to leave their homes and take shelter in state-run tents this week. The area is prone to flooding during the June-to-September monsoon season. –Associated Press

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The Red River is flooding

The Red River is flooding

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A rising Red River was covering streets and, in some instances, entering homes in northwestern Louisiana, rising to more than five feet above its 30-foot flood stage in Shreveport.

Caddo Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said at least a dozen Caddo Parish homes had flooded last weekend — some with at least a foot of water — along the Red or its tributaries. There was flooding reported on major Shreveport area thoroughfares and scattered evacuations in some areas.

“There are other areas where, if you don’t have water in your home, it’s knocking at your door,” Chadwick said. — Associated Press reporting

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Texas is flooding

Texas is flooding

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In the U.S., a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of the Plains and Midwest, spawning tornadoes and causing major flooding that in Texas destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes and forced at least 2,000 residents to leave their homes. – Tribune wire reports

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Tam Kung birthday parade, Georgia Independence Day, Mozart’s hair | May 26

Tam Kung birthday parade, Georgia Independence Day, Mozart’s hair | May 26

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The day in photos from around the world.

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