Massive flooding, landslides strike Japan

Posted at 3:35 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 15:35:03-04

JAPAN (ASAHI TV/CNN) - At least 25 people are missing and more than 670,000 were advised to leave their homes in southern Japan as torrential rain triggered floods and mudslides that have cut off roads and electricity.

Eleven people are missing in Fukuoka, according to an official from the city's crisis management office. About 400,000 people were ordered to evacuate in Fukuoka.

Fourteen others are unaccounted for in Oita, where 270,000 people were ordered or advised to leave.

The heavy rain began hitting the island of Kyushu on Wednesday. Japan's Meteorological Agency said on Thursday that it is expected to continue and urged citizens to take precautions.

Roughly 7,800 firefighters and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have been deployed to the area to help in rescue and relief efforts.

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