Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in Japan as a result of heavy rains. Heavy rains also lashed the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu on Monday. At least one more river bank has been flooded.
The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains has risen to 44 in the country in the past three days. Fourteen of the dead were residents of an old age home.
Authorities have ordered the evacuation of more than half a million people on the island. Thousands more have been instructed to move to safer areas in the west.
Forty thousand members of the Self-Defense Force have been sent to rescue Kyushu. Many people are still missing. Rescuers are searching for survivors. As can be seen in the picture, the roads have sunk, the bridge has collapsed, the car has overturned. Everyone is removing the mud that has accumulated on the houses.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that heavy rains could begin in the northern part of the country by Wednesday. Therefore, he has ordered to start the rescue operation for 24 hours. At a meeting of the government task force, he called on residents to be “extremely vigilant” and aware of the information provided by local authorities.
According to an NHK report, the bodies of 14 people were recovered from a flooded nursing home. However, no further details were given in this regard. Many say such rains and floods are unprecedented in that part of Japan.