250,000 people ordered to leave homes after Japan floods
July 15 , 2012
Around 250,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes following floods caused by torrential rainfall in southwest Japan.
Flooding and landslides on the southern island of Kyushu have killed around 20 people in the past three days. In addition, at least seven people are said to be missing.
More than 30 inches of rain fell in 72 hours in the city of Aso, in Kumamoto prefecture, according to weather officials.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of further rain and landslides.
Those being asked to leave their homes have been advised to go to designated shelters such as schools and other facilities.