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Government officials look at a damaged home following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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People look out toward a collapsed road and embankment by a waterway after they were damaged in recent heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops on July 9 were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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Damaged and overturned vehicles are seen in a river following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled July 9 to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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A man who guides the traffic drinks at the landslide scene, following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast. / AFP / Philip FONG
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Government officials look at a damaged home following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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People clear the mess in a supermarket following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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Debris sit along a river bank following heavy rain in Hita, Oita prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. - Japan OUT / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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A woman clears debris and mud outside her home following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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Damaged and overturned vehicles are seen in a river following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled July 9 to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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High school students shovel off the mud from a ryokan, a traditional Japanese style hotel, in the aftermath of heavy flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. - Japan OUT / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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People clear debris and mud outside homes following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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A damaged home is seen following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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People clean up the mess in a supermarket following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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A man clears debris from his home following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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A bridge is collapsed over the Kusu river following heavy rains in Hita, Oita prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. - Japan OUT / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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A man clears debris following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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A woman wades in mud waters in a supermarket following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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Government officials look at a damaged home following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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People clean up the mess in a supermarket following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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Residents put out their destroyed belongings for trash collection after recent flooding in the area in Ashikita, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. - Japan OUT / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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People clear the mess in a supermarket following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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People clean up the mess in a supermarket following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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A woman clears debris from her home following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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Workers remove debris on a road in the aftermath of heavy flooding in Hita, Oita prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. - Japan OUT / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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Residents clear mud and debris from their home following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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People clear debris and mud outside a shop following heavy rains and flooding in the village of Gero, Gifu prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. / AFP / Philip FONG
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People clean up the mess in a supermarket following heavy rains and flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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Members of Japan Self-Defense Forces unload relief supplies in the flood hit village of Kumamura, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. - Japan OUT / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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A suspension bridge is collapsed over the Kusu river following heavy rains in Hita, Oita prefecture on July 9, 2020. Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. - Japan OUT / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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Updated 09 July 2020

Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled Thursday to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast.
In the scenic tourist area of Gifu in central Japan, officials said landslides and floodwater had left just nearly 1,000 households stranded -- or around 2,300 people.