TOKYO—Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 50 missing, according to Japanese media.
As the death toll continued to climb from the rainfall, which began earlier this week, Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide was pronounced dead.
Kyodo News reported another death in a landslide in Hiroshima, which set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in a flooded area.
Among the missing were five people who got buried when housing collapsed, also in Hiroshima prefecture. In Ehime prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, Kyodo said.
Yamaguchi prefecture, another area hit by the heavy rain, alerted people to heed evacuation warnings and act quickly.