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Heavy rains kill 5 in landslides, floods in Japan

HEAVY rains hammered southern Japan, destroying homes and setting off floods and landslides that left at least five people dead on the island of Kyushu, police said today.

A 55-year-old woman was found dead in a lake, caught in the downpour that began yesterday, and a 60-year-old man was swept away in a ditch along a road in Fukuoka Prefecture, police said in a statement.

Also in Fukuoka, a 73-year-old man was found in a home destroyed by a landslide and was pronounced dead at a hospital, while two other people were missing in the area, police said.

A 67-year-old man was crushed to death when a wall fell on top of him in a landslide in Nagasaki Prefecture, and a 7-year-old boy died in a river in nearby Oita Prefecture, police said.

Separately, two people were missing after a landslide flattened a home in Hiroshima, a local official said.

Recent downpours have wreaked havoc in the region. Heavy rain caused a nursing home in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the main island of Honshu to be buried in thick mud on Tuesday, killing 14 people.


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