Floods, Landslides In Kyushu

Floods, landslides in Kyushu

Torrential rain has been pounding much of western Japan, triggering floods and landslides. The extreme weather has left two people dead and another unconscious. A fourth person has been reported missing.

In Saga prefecture in Kyushu, the hourly precipitation exceeded 100 millimeters.The flooding there hit an ironworks factory and caused what appears to be oil to spill out.

Emergency teams used a raft to rescue people who couldn't evacuate in time.

A female resident said, "I was frightened because I've got a young child. The blackouts are still going on, so I'm worried about what the damage might be."

A male resident said, "I'm scared of the water. I never want to experience this kind of disaster again."

Rescue officials in Kyushu say they've received more than 200 calls from drivers who are trapped in their cars.

Officials have downgraded the emergency warning for three prefectures in Kyushu.

Evacuation orders and advisories are still in place for about 1.6 million people across the country.

One man in Saga died after his vehicle was swept away. A woman in the same prefecture was found after her car fell into a ditch. She is reportedly unconscious.

A man in Fukuoka died trying to flee from his flooded vehicle.

Rivers have swollen, and are beginning to burst their banks. Officials say there have been mudslides too.

The rain is seriously disrupting transportation. Train services have been partially suspended in northern Kyushu. Sections of some expressways have been closed.

The flooding has also forced some banks and post offices to shut.