No fewer than 126 people have been confirmed dead as a result of a heavy down pour that struck western Japan, authorities says.
The number of casualties is said to be the highest recorded from flooding in over 30 years.
Officials have begun a search in the rubbles for survivors as many others are still missing.
Rivers burst their banks causing more than two million people to leave the region.
A 38-year-old man, Kosuke Kiyohara, told AFP, he had not heard from his sister and her two sons. “I have asked my family to prepare for the worst,” Kiyohara said.
In areas worst hit by the flood, cautions were still in effect by the meteorology department.
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