Japan's Deadly Floods and Landslides leave 18 Dead, Over 100 Stranded

  • Japanese state-run NHK news agency has reported that over 18 people (15 in Fukuoka and 3 in Oita Prefecture) have died and more than hundred people are stranded in southwest Japan due to floods and landslides, triggered by heavy rains. Fukuoka police force and Japan self defense forces have deployed 7,800 rescuers round the clock for searching and rescuing the missing persons. An additional 50 milimeters (2 inches) of rainfall is expected due to monsoon and may worsen the situation with more landslides in Fukuoka. Japan's Imperial Household Agency said that Princess Mako, eldest daughter of Emperor Akihito, has postponed her engagement announcement by considering the situation.

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