Two people are reported dead and 11 others are missing in flooding in southern Japan 

Two people are reported dead and 11 others are missing in flooding in southern Japan 

Tokyo,July6:Troops are working to rescue families left stranded by floods in southern Japan following a second day of record heavy rain.

Two people are reported dead and 11 others are missing in flooding that has wrecked homes, roads and rice terraces.

Parts of Fukuoka prefecture on the southwestern island of Kyushu were hit by 774mm of rain in nine hours on Wednesday, more than twice the amount that falls in a normal July.

Warnings were in effect for much of the southern island of Kyushu after Typhoon Nanmadol swept across Japan this week.

Fukuoka and Oita prefectures have been the worst-hit by the deluge.

One man died in Oita prefecture but details were not immediately available.

Another man, a 93-year-old, was likely swept away by flooding.

His body was found washed up in Hiroshima prefecture on the main island of Honshu.

Television footage showed rice fields and homes flooded after a river burst its banks, dragging vehicles away and destroying buildings, roads and bridges.

Tens of thousands of people were told to leave their homes but only a fraction actually did, Fukuoka’s disaster management agency says.

Originally published as At least two dead as rain pounds Japan

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