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Cleanup Work Huge Burden for Locals in Flood-Hit Areas

Cleanup Work Huge Burden for Locals in Flood-Hit Areas

   Okayama, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Amid the heat of the summer, local residents in the Mabi district of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, were busy removing mud-spattered furniture and other household items from their homes in the wake of a flood caused by downpours.
   A 58-year-old resident of the city of Okayama looked worn out after helping his mother-in-law clean out her house in Mabi, which was inundated after the embankment of a river collapsed on Saturday. In the torrential rain through the weekend, dozens of people lost their lives in the district.
   "Even with the help of four others, the work was into its third day with little progress," he said.
   Traffic blocked the road in front of the house as local residents began to head back to the evacuation centers after cleaning up their houses.
   "The heavy traffic jam has made it difficult for us to take the furniture to a disposal facility," he complained.

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