Hundreds of people were also trapped in areas isolated by the floodwater. The rains overflowed rivers dragging vehicles into the riverbed and destroying dozens of buildings as well as roads and bridges. Many broken trees washed down from mountains were floating in flooded fields or blocking roads. Nearly 600,000 people were ordered or advised to evacuate in Fukuoka, but only a fraction of them did.
Rescue team at lanslide scene in Japan
Homes were without electricity, trains were suspended and parts of highways closed. In Oita, more than 270,000 people were subject for evacuation. The death toll from heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 15, officials said. Heavy rain warnings are still in place for parts of the southern island of Kyushu on Saturday. Landslides have caused significant damage to many areas. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 12,000 troops, firefighters and other rescuers continued searching for the missing, clearing debris off roads and delivering fresh water and food supplies for the displaced at a school gymnasium. Nearly 1,000 residents were rescued over the past two days. Some were rescued by helicopter. The rain continued. Parts of Fukuoka, on the south-western island of Kyushu, were hit by 593 millimeters of rain in the 48 hours to 9:00am on Friday.