As heavy rain pummelled Japan for a second straight day, the Kinugawa River broke through a flood berm, sending a tsunami-like wall of water into Joso, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Japan’s capital.
National broadcaster NHK showed aerial footage of rescuers lowered from helicopters and clambering onto second-floor balconies to reach stranded residents.
In one dramatic rescue by a military helicopter, the rescuer could be seen descending four times over about a 20-minute period to take four people up one-by-one, as a deluge of water swept around the home.
Elsewhere in the region, one woman was missing hours after a landslide hit houses at the foot of a steep, wooded incline. Bullet train service was partially suspended.
Cars washed away
Others waved cloths from their veranda as torrents of water around them washed away cars and knocked buildings off their foundations.
Tokyo was also drenched with rain, but the hardest-hit area was to the north in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures.
The rain came on the heels of Tropical Storm Etau, which caused similar flooding and landslides Wednesday as it crossed central Japan.
The Fire and Disaster and Management Agency said 15 people were injured by Etau, two seriously, both elderly women who were knocked over by strong winds.
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Author: ANA Newswire