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

(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."

Houses are half submerged after water broke Yabe River's embankment, top, in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.
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)
Water breaks Yabe River's embankment in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Water breaks Yabe River's embankment in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Workers shovel muddy water out of a banquet room of a hotel in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Workers shovel muddy water out of a banquet room of a hotel in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force personnel on rubber boat search for missing people in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force personnel on rubber boat search for missing people in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Local residents stand on grassland as they look out towards a vegetable field submerged by floodwaters in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, on July 14, 2012.
Local residents stand on grassland as they look out towards a vegetable field submerged by floodwaters in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, on July 14, 2012.   (Getty Images)
A man walks along a road covered in mud after heavy rains fell at Kumamoto city in Japan's southern island of Kyushu on July 12, 2012.
A man walks along a road covered in mud after heavy rains fell at Kumamoto city in Japan's southern island of Kyushu on July 12, 2012.   (Getty Images)
Vehicles are piled-up in a residential area covered in mud after heavy rains fell at Kumamoto city in Japan's southern island of Kyushu on July 12, 2012.
Vehicles are piled-up in a residential area covered in mud after heavy rains fell at Kumamoto city in Japan's southern island of Kyushu on July 12, 2012.   (Getty Images)
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force personnel in mud search for missing people in Takeda, Oita Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force personnel in mud search for missing people in Takeda, Oita Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, July 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
A beekeeper tries to save a hive submerged by floodwaters in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, on July 14, 2012.
A beekeeper tries to save a hive submerged by floodwaters in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, on July 14, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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