Japan Begins Cleanup After Record Rains, Flooding

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of southwestern Japan are returning home after four days of record rainfall that caused massive flooding.

Hundreds of thousands of people on the island of Kyushu began to clean up Monday, as the death toll from flooding and landslides reached at least 27.

Sunday, Japanese troops airlifted supplies to more than 3,000 thousand people who were stranded in Fukuoka prefecture, southwestern Japan.

More than 90 millimeters of rain an hour fell in Kyoto prefecture in western Japan, flooding hundreds of homes.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday that the worst is over, but predicted more heavy rain in some areas through Monday.