20 Dead in Japan Flooding
Kyushu island takes brunt with 'unprecedented' rainfall
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2012 2:17 PM CDT
Houses are half submerged after water broke Yabe River's embankment, top, in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – At least 20 are dead and 400,000 are under evacuation orders after flooding ravaged south-west Japan over the past three days, report the BBC and AFP. Television footage has shown flooded houses and streets deluged with muddy, debris-filled water, following what officials called "unprecedented" seasonal rainfall. The southern island of Kyushu was hit especially hard, and officials say landslides and flooding there will only continue.

"Two men were rescued from landslides but their conditions were not immediately available. One woman was still trapped," said a spokesman on Kyushu, which had up to 4.3 inches of rain per hour today. "I don't remember any flooding which stretched over such a wide area in our prefecture."