(Bloomberg) -- Three people died and 23 were missing in floodsafter record rains burst the banks of two rivers in Japan in twodays, public broadcaster NHK said.

The Shibuigawa river in Miyagi Prefecture, an area hit by therecord 2011 tsunami, overflowed Friday morning, exacerbatingflooding in an area already declared a state of emergency,according to NHK. This follows a breach Thursday by the Kinugawariver in the city of Joso, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) north ofTokyo.

The police and Self-Defense Forces were still rescuing peopleFriday afternoon. TV footage showed dozens of submerged houses inMiyagi, and emergency workers airlifting people from homes indanger of being swept away. Nearly 13,000 people had beenevacuated, according to the Asahi newspaper, and the Fire andDisaster Management Agency said close to 1000 homes had beenflooded.

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