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Japan floods: Death toll soars to 16

Tokyo: The death toll due to floods and landslides that hit southwestern part of Japan on early Saturday has now risen to 16, media reports said on Sunday.

According to country’s NHK broadcaster, the figure is likely to rise.

Local authorities confirmed 16 deaths in Kumamoto prefecture, including nine people who lost their lives in the city of Hitoyoshi.

The record-breaking rainfall caused the River Kuma to burst its banks in several areas, as a result of which about 30 districts in Kumamoto prefecture were cut off.

The Japanese government has mobilized 10,000 personnel of the country’s self-defense forces to conduct the rescue efforts.

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