Flash floods devastate Japan

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Riverbanks are covered with mud and woods carried by floodwater in Takeda, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Heavy rains hit southern Japan, triggering flashfloods, mudslides and destroying dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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Most of the quarter-million people who fled massive flooding in southwest Japan were able to return home by July 16 but the danger had not fully passed from record rains that have killed at least 28 people.

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