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Floods devastate Asian countries

Floods devastate Asian countries
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Storms and torrential rain across Asia are causing severe flood conditions in several countries.

In Japan, 10,000 residents of the southern city of Kumamoto were urged to evacuate while the mountain town of Miyasato was cut off when a river swept away the only bridge out of town.

Half a metre of rain is reported to have fallen in the last two days.

In China, floods have affected more than 8 million people in 43 cities across the southwest province of Sichuan.

Elsewhere in China, more than 200 people have died and 200,000 houses been destroyed.

Seven million people are short of clean drinking water, according to authorities.

In the Indian State of West Bengal, floods caused by monsoon rains have forced 700,000 people to be evacuated.

Thousands more have been marooned by rising water.

Local authorities have ordered all West Bengal government workers onto a war footing to reach them.