Mudslides smash into houses triggered by heavy rain in southern Japan, leaving two dead

Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving at least two dead, more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said.

More than 75,000 residents were asked to evacuate following pounding rains overnight.

The evacuation was not mandatory.

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Mudslides smashed into houses and floodwaters carried trunks from uprooted trees.

NHK said about 13 people were reported missing.

Flooding also cut off power and communication lines.

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