Japan Is Reeling From Devastating Rains And Flooding, With More On The Way

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Flooding has caused at least 58 deaths, and another foot of rain is possible in some areas.

  Torrential, record-breaking rainstorms have deluged southern and central Japan since Friday, killing at least 58 people and damaging more than 4,000 properties.

The southwestern-most island of Kyushu, with a population of nearly 13 million, was hardest hit by the initial wave of downpours Friday and Saturday, while heavy rains have since spread into the central mainland.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the government to declare an “extreme disaster” to streamline the recovery process in hard-hit areas of the nation. A number of communities were isolated, with roads and other vital infrastructure damaged by heavy rain and landslides.

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