Heavy rain continues to hit Japan, causing flooding, evacuations and security concerns

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Japan heavy rains continue, leading to flooding, thousands of evacuees and missing persons.

On Thursday, Japan Times reported that about 540,000 people living in the regions of Tohoku and Hokuriku were evacuated.

Footage from Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK showed houses flooded, cars covered in water, and roads covered in water and mud.

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Torrential rains in Japan forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Torrential rains in Japan forced thousands of people to flee their homes.
(AP)

Evacuation warnings were sent to Yamagata, Niigata, Aomori, Iwate, Fukushima and Ishikawa.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno spoke at a press conference this week, saying that about 1,900 households were out of power and 380 were suffering from power outages.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of people who had to evacuate, at least three have gone missing.

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In Yamagata, The Japan Times reported that hourly rainfall 100 to 120 millimeters and 227 mm and 273 mm were seen in 24 hours at Oguni and Iida. In just an hour on Thursday, Sekikawa, Niigata village, received 149mm of rain.