Almost a 100,000 people in northeast Japan have been forced to abandon their homes following two days of nonstop flooding and landslides.
Tropical Storm Etau had been filling up the Kinugawa River for the past few days. It finally overflowed on Wednesday and broke through a flood barrier, which in turn sent spewed water waves reminiscent of tsunami toward Joso.
The rushing water coupled with nonstop rainfall trapped Jose residents, many of whom ascended to their rooftops and terraces to keep themselves from harm's way. A number of rescue helicopters took part in extracting those stuck in the flood zone.
The local media has reported more than a dozen injuries but no fatalities, which is surprising if one considers the level of damage the flood caused to the region's infrastructure.
The worst isn't over yet either, as the Japan Meteorological Agency has sent out warnings for Tochigi and Ibaraki districts in anticipation of more flooding and mudslides.