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The landslide July 10 near Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture, has brought back memories of massive flash floods that have devastated areas of Kyushu in the past.

The landslide that occurred early July 10 has left 19 people dead and two missing. In July 1993, the prefecture had three times more rainfall than in an average year, making the land prone to landslides. At the end of the month, more torrential rain drenched the prefecture, triggering a landslide that killed 23 people.

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