Japan: Drone captures damage left after mudslide in Ashikita

Drone footage captured the damaged houses and fallen trees after a mudslide caused by heavy rains in the southwestern city of Ashikita, Kumamoto prefecture on Sunday. Heavy rain triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. Tens of thousands of residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were ordered to evacuate as the flood waters rose in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced emergency measures, such as the deployment of thousands of troops for rescue and recovery operations, many by rescue helicopters and boats.

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