Torrential rain in northeast Japan leaves 2 dead, 5 missing

09:46, July 31, 2011      

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Two people have been killed and five others are missing in Japan's northeast Niigata and Fukushima prefectures due to torrential rain, local media reported Saturday.

About 9,000 people have evacuated out of some 400,000, who were asked to do so, Kyodo News reported.

The Igarashi River in Niigata's Sanjo flooded, and leading local authorities evacuated 10,000 residents nearby. On top of that, 11 cities and two towns in the prefecture told 380,000 people to evacuate, Kyodo said.

Several spots of the two prefectures have seen rainfall exceeding 500 millimeters since Wednesday, causing floods and landslides.

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