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Japan floods kill 'at least 25'

Japan Self-Defence Force soldiers search for missing people at an area hit by landslides caused by heavy rains in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture. Photo: Reuters

At least 25 people have died and thousands of others remain cut off by floods and mudslides triggered by torrential rains in southern Japan, officials said.

Evacuation orders issued a day earlier for a quarter of a million people were lifted in most areas as the rains subsided, allowing many people to return home.

But thousands remained cut off by landslides or fallen trees that blocked roads in mountainous areas.

Local officials said 21 people died in hardest-hit Kumamoto prefecture. Four others died in nearby Oita and Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu, where thousands of homes were destroyed.

Seven others remained missing. Most victims were in their 70s and 80s.

Houses in Kyoto, Japan's old capital, were also flooded.

Our China Correspondent Angus Walker reports from Beijing.