Streets of northeastern Japan flooded after torrential rains
05 August 2022 | 3:21 pm
Residents in some regions of northeastern Japan woke up to flooded roads on Thursday (August 4) following torrential rains overnight. Television footage showed inundated roads and partially submerged houses in Yamagata prefecture.
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