Flood chaos in Japan after tropical storm

The Japanese city of Joso is taking stock of the damage left behind by floodwaters after a rain-swollen river burst its banks.

The water has receded, but a vast area remains under a sea of brown water after an embankment of the Kinugawa River was breached.

As the sun came out, shocked residents and officials began to count the cost after water poured in so rapidly that many people could only clamber upstairs or to their roofs to escape.

Many houses have been knocked partially off their foundations but the worst-hit are gone, washed away, leaving just the roofs sitting on debris-strewn mud.

Two days of torrential rain caused flooding and landslides across much of Japan as tropical storm Etau swept through. At least three people died, including a woman in her 60s who was found after a landslide hit houses in Kanuma, and a woman in her 40s who was in a car that was washed away in Kurihara.


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