Flooding, havoc in Japan as Typhoon Neoguri batters mainland
Published on Jul 10, 2014 6:49 AM
TOKYO (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland on Thursday, bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter.
The storm, which has left several people dead and a string of damage in its wake, caused havoc in many small communities as residents struggled to keep waves of dirty water from destroying their homes.
More than 500 houses in several prefectures were flooded due to the typhoon and heavy rain, according to public broadcaster NHK, with about 130,000 households urged to seek shelter.
“Water kept gushing into the house no matter hard we tried to pour it out. We kept shoving out water all night,” said a woman in northern Yamagata Prefecture, where humid air brought by the typhoon caused huge downpours.
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