Japan: torrential rains led to the death of at least 16 people

Most of the victims lived in a flooded nursing home.

At least 16 people have died, and dozens more are missing as a result of flooding and landslides caused by torrential rains in southern Japan.

Fourteen dead were found on Saturday in a flooded nursing home near the Kuma River on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. The search for other nursing home residents and staff continued on Tuesday as the rains briefly eased.

It is expected that the rains will increase on Sunday evening, and the death toll will increase due to the discovery of the bodies of the missing.

Authorities asked hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate for the weekend and sent at least 10,000 soldiers to help rescue workers.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on residents to exercise “maximum vigilance” and the natural disaster task force to speed up search and rescue operations and give them a priority.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency called the downpour in the region unprecedented, warning that new rains could lead to landslides.