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Houses are seen from the air in the flood-ravaged city of Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto Prefecture on July 5.   © Kyodo
Natural disasters

In pictures: Torrential rains devastate southwestern Japan

Dozens die on the island of Kyushu in heavy flooding as river overflows

YUKI KOHARA, Nikkei Asian Review photo editor | Japan

TOKYO -- Record-breaking torrential rains in southwestern Japan since the weekend have spawned widespread flooding and caused dozens of deaths on the island of Kyushu.

As of Monday evening, at least 44 people had been confirmed dead and 10 others were missing, Kyodo News reported.

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