Japan floods: Deaths after Kyushu rain rise to 15

A demolished house in Asakura, in south-western Japan, 7 July 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption More rain is expected on Kyushu island at the weekend

The death toll from flooding caused by recent heavy rain in southern Japan has risen to at least 15, officials say.

Emergency teams are searching for another 15 people who are missing.

Rivers burst their banks, destroying buildings and roads after more than 50cm (20in) of rain fell over a 12-hour period on parts of the south-western island of Kyushu on Wednesday.

Rescuers are working through thick mud to try to reach stranded survivors. Hundreds have already been evacuated.

The worst-hit areas are in Fukuoka prefecture.

Announcing the revised death toll, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the region was expected to see further heavy rain on Saturday.

About 12,000 police, military, firefighters and coastguard personnel have been taking part in the rescue operation.

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Image caption Hundreds of survivors have been evacuated

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