Japan: Heavy Rains and Landslides Leave Scores Dead and Missing

Dozens dead and missing as 'historic rains' and floods hit Japan

More than 40 people were missing, while evacuation orders remained in place for 4.3 million people, according to Kyodo.

The conditions made rescue operations hard, with some desperate citizens taking to Twitter to call for help.

Around 168,000 people were ordered from their homes due to the danger of further landslides and flooding, and 1.2 million more were advised to leave as of Friday morning, the Agency added. Government officials are warning people in affected areas they are at risk for landslides, flooding, wind gusts and other extreme weather conditions.

At least 44 people have been killed in days of record rain that devastated parts of Japan, and at least 21 people are missing, local authorities said on Sunday. Image: AAPWomen and children have died as a result of the floods.

A woman in the Ehime prefecture was found dead on the second floor of a property hit by a landslide, according to news agency reports. Nine were killed in Ehime Prefecture, with the rest killed in Osaka, Shiga, Hyogo, Okayama, Yamaguchi and Fukuoka prefectures.

A auto was retrieved from a swollen river in the early hours of Friday morning, believed to be that of a woman in her 50s who went missing after leaving her home in Kyoto Prefecture.

Local authorities said a man in his late 50s has been pronounced dead after being found in an inundated river in Hiroshima Prefecture.

But the orders are not mandatory, and many people have become trapped inside homes that were engulfed by floodwaters or hit by landslides.

In Kasaoka, Okayama Prefecture, six workers were buried after a landslide crashed into their factory early Saturday morning, with one person confirmed dead.

Television footage showed a wooden bridge being washed away in Hiroshima by a rain-swollen muddy river.

The weather also disrupted industry.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. halted operations at its Okayama plant as it was unable to procure parts, while Daihatsu Motor Co., a mini-vehicle making unit of Toyota Motor Corp., said it had suspended production at two plants in Osaka and Kyoto for the same reason, Kyoto reported.

The government set up a liaison unit in the crisis management center of the prime minister's office to gather information. Although the JMA subsequently lifted the warnings in four of the prefectures, the agency cautioned that heavy downpours could again hit later on July 7 or 8 even in areas where rain had previously eased, and urged people across the country to take caution.

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