Hundreds trapped as floods sweep Japan


Tokyo: Widespread flooding and landslides in north-east region of Japan have forced more than 90,000 people to abandon their homes.

The city of Joso, north of the capital, Tokyo, was hit by a wall of water after the Kinugawa River burst its banks. Helicopter rescue teams have been plucking people from rooftops.

At least 12 people are still missing and over 500 need rescuing. The rains came in the wake of Typhoon Etau, which smashed through the country on Wednesday, bringing strong winds and causing travel chaos.