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Japan floods: Troops airlift supplies to Kyushu

16 July 2012 Last updated at 10:07 BST

Residents of Japan's flood-hit areas are being allowed to return home after record rainfall that left thousands cut off and at least 30 people dead.

Clean-up efforts have also started after evacuation orders were lifted in the southern island of Kyushu.

A year's worth of rain fell in some areas over the weekend, causing landslides.

Troops are airlifting supplies to those trapped in mountainous areas and seeking at least six missing people.

Mariko Oi reports from Tokyo.