Japan is hit with deadly floods that has so far killed 15 people and hundreds are still stranded after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides this week in southwest Japan.
Rivers burst their banks, destroying buildings and roads after more than 50cm (20in) of rain fell on parts of Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island, over a 12-hour period.
Announcing the revised death toll, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the region was expected to see further heavy rain on Saturday.
Twelve people died in Fukuoka and 14 people are missing, according to Fukuoka prefecture’s Disaster Management web site. It said 104,746 people remain under evacuation order.
Three people have been killed and 47 people are unaccounted for in Oita prefecture, where 40,033 people remain under evacuation order.
As per the reports, the authorities have placed the police, military, coast guard and fire personals on high alert to respond to rescue operation.
More than 7,800 rescuers from the Fukuoka police force and Japan self defense forces have been working around the clock to search for missing people. But heavy rain Friday hampered their efforts, making rescue operations treacherous as they battled against thick mud and debris.
More rains are expected as the monsoonal season continues to impact east Asia.