1. At least 20 people died and 50,000 were ordered to evacuate as the heaviest rainfall on record pounded the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu. Rainfall of 10.1 centimetres (about 4 inches) per hour was recorded in the southern region of Kagoshima. In the city of Aso in Kumamoto prefecture, landslides buried several households.

Unprecedented rainfall causes floods and landslides in Kyushu Japan

1. At least 20 people died and 50,000 were ordered to evacuate as the heaviest rainfall on record pounded the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu. Rainfall of 10.1 centimetres (about 4 inches) per hour was recorded in the southern region of Kagoshima. In the city of Aso in Kumamoto prefecture, landslides buried several households.

2. Vehicles are piled-up in a residential area covered in mud in Kumamoto after the heaviest rainfall on record pounded the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu

3. An aerial view of a residential area affected by a landslide triggered by torrential rain at Aso city in Kumamoto prefecture

4. An aerial view of a residential area affected by a landslide triggered by torrential rain at Aso city in Kumamoto prefecture

5. Police officers search for missing people following a mudslide in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture

6. An aerial view of a residential area and road affected by flood waters after unprecedented downpours in Kumamoto prefecture

7. An aerial view of a residential area and road affected by flood waters after unprecedented downpours in Kumamoto prefecture

8. An aerial view of a residential area affected by flood waters in Kumamoto prefecture

9. An aerial view of a cluster of buildings affected by flood waters in Aso city, Kumamoto prefecture, on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu

10. Police officers and Japan Ground Self-Defence Force personnel, top left, watch rescue workers, right, search for missing people in Taketa, Oita Prefecture, Japan

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