Eight people are still missing and twenty are known to have died in flash floods and landslides which hit northern Japan on Wednesday (6 August).
GV PAN Rushing waters (2 shots)
SV Woman being helped out of mud (2 shots)
GV PAN Debris in rushing water
GV Flood in street
SV Person being rescued by cable from building
SV Otaki sign
GV PAN Damaged building TO wrecked train
GV Damaged train and rescue workers (4 shots)
GV PAN Scene of landslide
GV Rescue workers in landslide area
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Background: Eight people are still missing and twenty are known to have died in flash floods and landslides which hit northern Japan on Wednesday (6 August).
In the Tohoku district nearly 2,000 houses were flooded according to police.
Two people were killed and ten injured when a landslide hit an express train stranded at Otaki Station in Yamagata Prefecture. The train was knocked from the tracks into a tangled wreckage.
Elsewhere, a landslide smashed through a flood barrier in Iwaki town in Aomori Prefecture washing away 18 houses.
Police and self defence forces have been organising rescue operations in Momosawa, where 17 people were killed and 12 are reported missing after floods there destroyed 30 houses.
Throughout the area road and rail communications have been disrupted.
SYNOPSIS: Disaster struck in northern Japan on Wednesday when heavy rains forced rivers from their banks and destroyed more than two thousand homes.
Although rescue workers managed to save many lives, at least twenty people are known to have died. Another eight are missing. Many homes were smashed and washed away as their occupants watched in horror.
This is the Tohuku district ... one of the hardest hit. The sudden onslaught of the flood waters left no time for orderly evacuation or preparation.
Police and rescue teams have been working against the clock to keep the casualty figures down. They've had to improvise rescue techniques as they go along.
A train was stranded at the railway station in Otaki when soil loosened by the heavy rains smashed down on it ... knocking it from the tracks in a tangle of wreckage.
Two coaches were hit by the landslide. When rescue workers had untangled the wreckage they found two bodies. Two were still missing. Ten were injured.
Although tragedies were reported throughout the stricken area, the worst hit was the hill side village of Momosawa.
There, thirty houses were washed away. In some, villagers were sleeping inside. Seventeen villagers died in Momosawa. Another thirty were injured. Some are still missing.
In a second landslide tons of mud and debris smashed into the town of Iwaki. Throughout Japan the mourning continues ... while the search goes on for the missing.