At least 50 people killed and dozens missing after flooding and landslides hit western areas of Japan.
Most of the deaths have happened in Hiroshima prefecture. The area has also hit by torrential rain since Thursday. The flooding has further caused damage and destruction of hundreds of homes.
The authorities have issued a warning while about 1.5 million people have ordered to leave their homes and three million more instructed to do so.
Thousands of police, firefighters and soldiers are also conducting search-and-rescue operations. According to a Japan news agency reports, some of the victims have buried alive by landslides.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “this is a record high rainfall which we never experienced”. He also urged his cabinet to take “every measure to prevent the disaster from worsening by taking advance actions”.
Japan’s meteorological agency said that in the town of Motoyama, 583mm (23in) of rain fell in between Friday morning and Saturday morning. The town is about 600km (370 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.
The met office is expecting more rain over the next few days. Kyoto has also been hit by rainstorms. It is about 300km to the east of Hiroshima.
A local resident Manabu Takeshita told: “Anybody living near the river has got to be nervous because typhoon season is just really starting.”
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