2 Dead after Heavy Rains in Southwestern Japan

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, July 4 (Jiji Press)--Two people died in Kumamoto Prefecture after heavy rains from a seasonal rain front triggered landslides and flooding in the southwestern Japan prefecture on Saturday.

One of the two people was a man in his 80s, who died in a landslide in the town of Tsunagi. The other was a woman in her 80s, who was found dead in a flooded home in the town of Ashikita.

Sixteen people were in a state of cardiac arrest. Of them, 14 were at a nursing home for the elderly in the village of Kuma. About 50 people, including residents, were confirmed alive at the nursing home.

In Ashikita, one person was in serious condition.

Search and rescue operations were conducted as seven people were unaccounted for in the prefecture. Many residents were stranded in the flooding in areas including the cities of Yatsushiro and Hitoyoshi and the village of Sagara.

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