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Heavy rain in Japan forces thousands from their homes


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Heavy rain in Japan forces thousands from their homes

At least ten people are missing and more than 400,000 people have been forced from their homes after record rains battered south west Japan.


In Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu , more than double the amount of rain normal for July fell in just nine hours.

Some 7,500 rescuers including police firefighters and soldiers have been mobilised to help with evacuations.


The rain comes on the heals of a storm system that caused severe flooding across southern China that killed 56 people.