Heavy rain pounds central Japan as 61 feared dead in landslides, floods

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Rains have inflicted widespread damage across southwest Japan, causing rivers to burst their banks and hillsides to collapse. ? AFP KURUME: Torrential rain pounded central Japan Wednesday as authorities said 61 people were feared dead in days of heavy downpours that have triggered devastating landslides and terrifying floods. Rains that began early Saturday on the island of Kyushu have already inflicted widespread damage across a swathe of the southwestern portion of the country, causing rivers to burst their banks and hillsides to collapse.

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