At least 30 dead as record rains devastate parts of Japan

TOKYO: Record rainfall crushed parts of Japan on Saturday, killing no less than 30 individuals, as homes vanished underneath floodwaters and avalanches, and specialists requested more than 1.9 million clearings.

The exceptional downpours have wreaked destruction essentially in the west of the country, with flash floods and landslides leaving many missing in addition to those killed.

A neighborhood official in Ehime, in western Japan, said the toll in his general vicinity had hopped from six to 16, bringing the official national casualty figure to no less than 30 dead since the gigantic downpours started Thursday.

In any case, that figure was expected to to rise further, with open supporter NHK saying the toll was at 49.