126 killed as heavy rains hit Japan [Photos]

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The number of casualties is said to be the highest recorded from flooding in over 30 years.

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.

Rivers burst their banks as a result of the torrential rains
Rescue officials have begun search for survivors and missing persons
The rains have stopped but meteorologists believe there could still be a sudden down pour.

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