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The flood-ravaged city of Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, failed to issue evacuation orders and advisories to about 350 households before a riverbank along the Kinugawa River collapsed Thursday, which may have delayed some from trying to reach safety, it was learned Saturday.

Asked why the orders were not issued earlier, a Joso city official said, “We don’t know. It may be because we were thrown into confusion.”

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