July 22, 2006

Heavy rain sweeps southern Japan, 4 dead

TOKYO (Reuters) - At least four people died and one is
missing after torrential rain triggered floods and landslides
on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu, local officials said
on Sunday.

The rain was heaviest in Kagoshima on the southern tip of
Kyushu, 1,000 km (620 miles) southwest of Tokyo, where more
than 120 cm (47 inches) of rain had fallen since last Tuesday.

Weathermen warned that more rain of up to 25 cm (10 inches)
was expected over the same area in the next 24 hours.

An 86-year-old woman died after being washed away by a
flooded river and a 45-year-old man died after being swept up
by a mudslide, officials said.

They said about 60,000 local residents were urged to

Local governments called on the military to help with
rescue operations.

Last week, at least 18 people died and several were left
missing across Japan after several days of heavy rain touched
off floods and landslides.