Thousands trapped by floods in Japan

KUMA, JAPAN (AFP) – Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled yesterday to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused wide-spread damage.

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said rising floodwater or roads damaged by landslides had blocked access to more than 3,000 households, mostly in the hardest-hit southwestern region of Kumamoto where fresh downpours were forecast.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin