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9/19/2007

Rain pounds Tohoku

Photo: Buildings are engulfed by muddy waters from the flood-swollen Yoneshirogawa river in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, after torrential rain hit the Tohoku region.

Breaking Earth News

Japan
Torrential rain lashed the northern part of the Tohoku region Tuesday, leaving three people missing due to floods after RECORD DOWNPOURS hit some districts. Akita and Iwate prefectures were hit particularly hard, and authorities were searching for the missing people and attempting to restore utilities. Heavy rains prompted the authorities to order 36,120 residents in 14,233 households in Akita, Iwate, Miyagi and Aomori prefectures to evacuate, but the order was lifted by Tuesday evening in most areas. Ten weather observation spots in Akita Prefecture recorded their HEAVIEST-EVER-24-HOUR RAINFALL through 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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