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Japan rain: More than a million residents told to seek shelter

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  • Chamberlain

More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes amid heavy rainfall in parts of Japan.

Highest-level rain warnings have been issued in a number of prefectures, including Fukuoka and Hiroshima.

One woman is dead and her husband and daughter are missing after a landslide destroyed two homes in Nagasaki prefecture amid the bad weather.

More than 150 troops, police and fire-fighters have been sent to help with rescue operations in the area.

"They are carefully searching for the missing residents, while watching out for further mudslides as the heavy rain continues," a local official told the AFP news agency.

The west of the country is worst affected but heavy downpours are expected across the country in coming days.

Yushi Adachi, from Japan's meteorological agency, described the current rainfall as "unprecedented".

"It's highly likely that some kind of disaster has already occurred," Mr Adachi added.

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And we thought a little flu outbreak was bad. Mother Nature is full of surprises.

Japan has some big events for an island. 10 years ago the great tsunami of our age with the nuclear reactor meltdown chaser.

They are a nation of survivors. Mother Nature and human nature have taken many “best shots” and yet they still survive. A Great people.

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