Up-turned and damaged cars, moved by the flood waters, in the Magari-Buchi area, of Sanjo city, after a week of torrential rains forced breaks in the banks of the swollen Igarashi River, flooding homes, businesses and agricultural fields. The floods ...

Photo | November 9, 2006

Up-turned and damaged cars, moved by the flood waters, in the Magari-Buchi area, of Sanjo city, after a week of torrential rains forced breaks in the banks of the swollen Igarashi River, flooding homes, businesses and agricultural fields. The floods in western Japan have so far caused the deaths of 18 people. In one week more than 49 centimetres of rain had fallen in Niigata prefecture - nearly one-fifth the annual average.