Japan digs through rain devastation

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Desperate relatives braced for bad news today, as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water.
At the end of last week, rivers engorged by more than a metre of rain, burst their banks, engulfing entire villages and forcing people to rooftops to await evacuation by helicopter.
Hillsides gave-way under the weight of water, with deadly landslides crushing wooden houses and erasing roads.
Since Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the month of July.

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