HUFFINGTON POST
09/11/2015 11:49 am ET

Harrowing Photos Document Devastation After Rains Hit Japan

A series of rare torrential rains burst the banks of two rivers in eastern Japan on Thursday and Friday, causing flooding and landslides that forced 100,000 people to evacuate, and left three dead and 23 missing.

Among the three people who died was a 63-year-old woman whose house was crushed by a landslide in Kanuma city. 

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 More than 3,500 people in the city of Joso spent Thursday night in makeshift evacuation centers in schools, community centers and the city hall, where they were given hot food and sleeping bags.  

 

"The government will work as one to prioritize the safety of the people and do our best to prevent any further disaster," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Thursday.  

 The Japanese government has sent  5,800 police, military and emergency forces to the regions surrounding the Kinugawa river in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, and the Shibuigawa river in Miyagi prefecture.

The harrowing photos below document how the floods have devastated cities and homes, and how authorities are stepping in to help:

  • A vehicle is submerged in a flooded paddy field in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    A vehicle is submerged in a flooded paddy field in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • A collapsed house lies in a flooded paddy field in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    A collapsed house lies in a flooded paddy field in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • Police officers search for missing people in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    Police officers search for missing people in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • Japan's Self-Defense Force evacuate elderly people in a boat in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    Japan's Self-Defense Force evacuate elderly people in a boat in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • A woman walks towards a collapsed house in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    A woman walks towards a collapsed house in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • A man walks through floodwaters in Osaki, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    A man walks through floodwaters in Osaki, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • Rescue workers transport evacuees in a rubber boat through floodwaters at Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, near the Ibaraki prefe
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    Rescue workers transport evacuees in a rubber boat through floodwaters at Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, near the Ibaraki prefecture, Japan on Sept. 10, 2015.
  • Members of Japan's Self-Defense Force hand out relief goods in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    Members of Japan's Self-Defense Force hand out relief goods in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • Residents walk on a flooded street in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    Residents walk on a flooded street in Joso, Japan, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • A woman speaks on her mobile phone at an evacuation center in Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki prefecture, on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    A woman speaks on her mobile phone at an evacuation center in Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki prefecture, on Sept. 11, 2015.
  • People rest and talk on the phone at an evacuation shelter in Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki prefecture on Sept. 11, 2015.
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    People rest and talk on the phone at an evacuation shelter in Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki prefecture on Sept. 11, 2015.
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