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7 dead, 9 missing after heavy rain in southwestern Japan

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TOKYO -- At least seven people were dead and nine unaccounted for after torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding in southwestern Japan, local media reported on Sunday.

Fourteen others were feared dead as flooding hit a nursing home in a rural area of Kumamoto prefecture, broadcaster NHK reported.

About 50 people were rescued from the home in Kuma Village, about 590 miles southwest of Tokyo, Kyodo News reported on Sunday, citing Kumamoto prefectural officials.

A seasonal rainy front dumped heavy rains in the southwestern prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Saturday, leading officials to urge tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Authorities were still warning Sunday of torrential rains, mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers in the region.


Rainfall of up to nearly 4 inches was forecast for southern Kyushu, nearly 6 inches for the Tokai region in central Japan and nearly 6 inches for northern Kyushu and the southwestern island of Shikoku and the Kinki region by Monday morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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