Heavy rain in south Japan causes floods, mudslides, blackout

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides in southern Japan yesterday, injuring four people, damaging dozens of homes and leaving hundreds of others without power.

One person was missing and possibly was buried under the same mudslide where another had been confirmed dead earlier, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters. The casualties occurred in the hardest-hit southern prefecture of Kagoshima.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to “do our best for rescue and lifesaving activities”.

Nearly 80 houses were damaged in Kagoshima and the two other southern prefectures of Miyazaki and Kumamoto. About 1,700 houses were without power.

Videos filmed by residents were circulated on social media showing a river in Kagoshima swollen with muddy, brown water threatening to overrun its banks.

Rescuers work on the rooftop of the house damaged by a landslide in Soo, Kagoshima prefecture, western Japan. – AP