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Houses dramatically washed away as Japan hit by massive floods

Published 10/09/2015 | 08:06

A section of a hotel along a river is collapsed due to heavy rain in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo
A section of a hotel along a river is collapsed due to heavy rain in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo
A woman holding her pet dog wades through a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, caused by typhoon Etau
A man wades through a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river
Strees are flooded in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo
A view of flood waters from the Kinugawa river (R) caused by typhoon Etau
People walk through a flooded street in front of a station in Koshigaya, Saitama prefecture, near Tokyo
People wait for help as the vehicles are submerged in flooding in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo
People inside houses wait to be rescued as the houses are submerged in water flooded from a river in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture
A resident is rescued by a rescue helicopter at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, caused by typhoon Etau
A resident is rescued by a rescue helicopter at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, caused by typhoon Etau
Residents are seen as they wait for rescue helicopters at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river

Military helicopters have plucked residents from the top floors of their homes after floodwaters inundated a city north of Tokyo.

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As heavy rain pummelled Japan for a second day, the Kinugawa River broke through a flood embankment, sending a wall of water into Joso, about 30 miles north east of the capital.

National broadcaster NHK showed aerial footage of rescuers being lowered from helicopters and clambering on to second-floor balconies to reach stranded residents.

One rescuer descended four times over a 20-minute period to take four people up one-by-one, as a deluge of water swept around the home.

Others waved cloths from their homes as torrents of water around them washed away cars and knocked buildings off their foundations.

Elsewhere in the region, one woman was missing hours after a landslide hit houses at the foot of a steep, wooded incline. Bullet train services were partially suspended.

People wait for help as the vehicles are submerged in flooding in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo
People wait for help as the vehicles are submerged in flooding in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo

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 on Wednesday as it crossed central Japan.

People inside houses wait to be rescued as the houses are submerged in water flooded from a river in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture
People inside houses wait to be rescued as the houses are submerged in water flooded from a river in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture

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.

A section of a hotel along a river is collapsed due to heavy rain in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo
A section of a hotel along a river is collapsed due to heavy rain in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo
A resident is rescued by a rescue helicopter at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, caused by typhoon Etau
A resident is rescued by a rescue helicopter at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, caused by typhoon Etau

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