Japan's chief cabinet secretary says the government may declare the torrential rain in Kyushu an "extraordinary disaster." That would enable victims to receive special support to rebuild their lives.
Suga Yoshihide spoke to reporters on Tuesday. He said heavy rain is forecast through Wednesday in wide parts of eastern and western Japan.
He asked people to keep abreast of the latest information issued by local governments. He added that people should watch out for landslides and overflowing rivers.
Suga said he's heard that the suspension of work at manufacturing plants in Kyushu has not had a major impact on supply chains so far.
He added that the government plans to quickly take the steps that are necessary to support small and medium-sized companies.
The government's top spokesperson also promised to distribute necessary relief supplies and materials to evacuation facilities to make them more comfortable.
He said the government will cooperate with local authorities to make sure steps are being taken to prevent the coronavirus from spreading among the evacuees.