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Workers shovel muddy water out of a banquet room of a hotel in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012. Heavy rain triggered flash floods and mudslides in southern Japan this week, killing nearly two dozens of people. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Flash floods devastate Japan

Most of the quarter-million people who fled massive flooding in

southwest Japan were able to return home by July 16 but the danger had

not fully passed from record rains that have killed at least 28 people.