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Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members search missing people near a damaged taxi after flooding caused by heavy rains hit Hiroshima, southwestern Japan, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Photo: Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News via AP)

Deadly torrential rains and flooding batter southwestern Japan

More than 7,000 people were still in evacuation shelters and many more were struggling with basic needs Thursday after severe flooding and landslides last week in western Japan that caused at least 200 deaths.

The disastrously heavy rainfall caused damage over a widespread area, with most of the deaths in and around Hiroshima. Power and water outages were common, and damage to roads and railway tracks disrupted deliveries of food and relief supplies.

Floodwaters have subsided in most places but left behind massive debris including broken trees, furniture and mangled cars that still need to be moved out of the way. (AP)

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