The death toll from heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 16 as the rescue workers reached isolated villages where at least six others are reportedly missing and feared dead. This comes days after Typhoon Nanmadol swept across Japan, triggering floods and mudslides that wrecked hundreds of homes, roads and rice terraces.
According to reports, parts of Fukuoka, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, were hit by 593mm (23 inches) of rain in 48 hours. The meteorological agency said that this is well over a month's rainfall for a usual July in the area. Meanwhile, the authorities have warned of more downpours over the weekend, compounding the misery that the summer storms have brought to the area since Wednesday.
Roads and bridges were damaged or swept away, and dozens of vehicles and houses were destroyed and half covered with mud. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 12,000 troops and rescuers are focusing on remote villages where hundreds are still stranded. The operation has been slowed down due to mud and floodwaters and more flooding was forecast for the country's east. In this gallery, IBTimes Singapore has compiled a series of images of the devastating Japan floods.