Devastating #flooding is currently ravaging portions of Southern #Kyushu, #Japan, where as much as 381mm of rain has fallen in less then 6 hours. This has resulted inCatastrophic flooding, which has damaged and even destroyed numerous homes in the region.#weather #WxTwitter https://t.co/IW5HaiqCLz— Modeling and Climatology (@AndClimatology) July 4, 2020
Kyodo news agency said that 92,200 households in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures had to vacate their house in the area, facing the possibility of more floods and landslides.
"There is a good chance that heavy precipitation continues on Sundays and that people in the region must be alert," said Shinzo Abe, adding the rescue operations are to be attended by 10,000 soldiers.
The Kuma Rio flood in the area had cut homes and destroyed a bridge, said NHK, which showed tv footage from houses and cars filled with muddy waters.
NHK said the fifteen fears of death included 14 people who suffered a heart detention in Kumamoto's elderly home which was submerged in rising water, naming the Prefecture Governor.
He said, nine others were missing, one of those who were seriously injured.
Japan 's Weather Agency has downgraded the alert to the highest level it initially had issued in order to warn of floods and landslides caused by the rain unprecedented in the region.