WATCH: Tens of Thousands to Evacuate In North East Japan Due to Tsunami-like Floods

Residents are seen as they wait for rescue helicopters at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, caused by typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 10, 2015. One person was missing on Thursday as 90,000 people were ordered to evacuate after rivers burst their banks in cities north of Tokyo following days of heavy rain pummelling Japan, according to local media.  Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo
Residents are seen as they wait for rescue helicopters at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, caused by typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 10, 2015. One person was missing on Thursday as 90,000 people were ordered to evacuate after rivers burst their banks in cities north of Tokyo following days of heavy rain pummelling Japan, according to local media. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo

Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to leave homes across Japan after Tropical Typhoon Etau ripped through the country. Military helicopters plucked residents from the roofs of their homes.

Lashing rain pounded the country for a second day, and the Kinugawa River has burst through a flood barrier, sending a tsunami-like wall of water into Joso, about 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, AP reported. A bullet train service has reportedly been partially suspended.

The torrential downpour is also threatening safety at the Fukushima nuclear plant, closed since a 2011 disaster, as it has overwhelmed drainage pumps at the site’s contaminated water treatment facility, a spokesman for operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said.

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SOURCE: RT News

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