Rains from Typhoon Nanmadol ravaged southern Japan last week. The worst-hit areas were in Fukuoka and Oita on Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island. Widespread flooding and landslides wrecked homes, roads and rice terraces. The disaster agency says about 13,000 people, mostly in Fukuoka, are still staying in shelters.
The death toll from torrential rains and flooding that swept through Japan's south has reached 25, the government said today, as rescue teams battled through thick mud to rescue more than 100 still stranded.
Thousands of soldiers, police and fire fighters fanned out, wading through water and plodding through mud to search for victims. The weather agency downgraded a special warning issued on Wednesday to Fukuoka and neighbouring Oita prefecture to a regular alert, but heavy rain was likely continue into Friday.