At least 50 dead in Japan flash floods | DW News
At least 50 people have died and a dozen are missing after persistent, heavy rainfall unleashed flash floods on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
mare than 1.2 million people have been advised to evacuate their homes on Japan's southern island of Kyushu, as torrential rain continues to lash southwestern Japan.
In Kyushu's Kumamoto prefecture, the region hardest hit by the flooding, 49 deaths were reported in towns along the Kuma River, according to Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The deaths included 14 residents of a riverside nursing home. Another death was reported in Fukuoka prefecture to the north.
Authorities said the death toll could rise, as at least a dozen people are still missing.
The heavy rainfall, which began early Saturday, is expected to continue into Tuesday, as the slow-moving system continues northeast.
Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued an emergency warning for heavy rain and landslides over much of southwestern Japan. The JMA forecast up to 250 millimeters of rainfall for the region through Wednesday.
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