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Asia’s flood crisis increases, with floods across many countries in the region

The floods have killed 20 in India and Japan, made 1,000’s homeless in Thailand and China as well as bringing Brisbane to a standstill

Heavy rains and floods have killed at least 20 people and forced more than 400,000 to flee their homes in India’s northeastern state of Assam.

Swathes of Kyushu — the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands — have been left devastated after overflowing rivers and torrential downpours swept away roads, houses and schools this week.

Thousands of people have been evacuated to makeshift shelters in school gyms and public buildings, but many remain stranded, with emergency services battling through thick mud and rain to try to reach them.

In Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives.

At least 56 people have been killed and another 22 are missing as heavy rains continue to pummel southern China. Up to 48.6cm of rain has been dumped on several cities since Thursday, flooding towns, cutting off power and halting traffic, China’s Ministry Civil Affairs said.

Major rivers and lakes in the southern province of Hunan have surged to alarming levels, destroying levees that forced large-scale evacuations.

Forecasters from the national meteorological centre expect downpours to continue this week.

The monsoon season runs from June through September and deadly floods regularly occur.


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