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170,000 flee homes after floods hit Japan, Fukushima nuclear plant safety at risk

Сентябрь 10, 2015    
170,000 flee homes after floods hit Japan, Fukushima nuclear plant safety at risk

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Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to leave homes across Japan after Tropical Typhoon Etau ripped through the country. Military helicopters plucked residents from the roofs of their homes.

Lashing rain pounded the country for a second day, and the Kinugawa River has burst through a flood barrier, sending a tsunami-like wall of water into Joso, about 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, AP reported.

One woman was missing hours after a landslide hit houses at the foot of a steep incline. A bullet train service has reportedly been partially suspended.

The torrential downpour is also threatening safety at the Fukushima nuclear plant, closed since a 2011 disaster, as it has overwhelmed drainage pumps at the site’s contaminated water treatment facility, a spokesman for operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said.

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