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16 dead, 13 missing after heavy rain hits southwestern Japan

Takehiko Kambayashi, DPA on

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TOKYO -- At least 16 people were dead and 13 unaccounted for while rescuers were rushing to find survivors in southwestern Japan, where record-breaking torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding, local media reported Sunday.

Seventeen others were feared dead a day after 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, some 590 miles southwest of Tokyo, Kyodo News reported Sunday, citing Kumamoto prefectural officials.

Authorities in Kumamoto ordered about 200,000 residents to flee their homes as they were still warning of torrential rains, mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers in the region.

A seasonal rainy front had dumped heavy rains in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima since Saturday.

 

Rainfall of up to 7.87 inches was forecast for southern Kyushu, 5.9 inches for the Tokai region in central Japan and 3.94 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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