July 13th, 2012
03:11 AM ET

Torrential rains kill at least 19 people in southern Japan

Exceptionally heavy rains have killed at least 19 people and flooded hundreds of houses on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the local authorities said Friday.

The intense rainfall in certain areas of the prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita has attained levels "never experienced before," the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

In one part of Kumamoto, the equivalent of one month's rain fell in the space of just eight hours early Thursday, according to the meteorological agency.

Besides the 19 people who died - some of them in landslides and houses that collapsed - eight people are missing, according to information posted on the websites of the local prefecture offices and fire services.

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  1. banasy©

    Well, this is awful!
    Japan can't catch a break...

    July 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the 1 prophet

    The signs are being ignored, a cataclysmic happening is the works seviere drought thoughtout the US is expected to reach catsclosininc proportion. This all due a an orbital wableing in progress  and the solar flairs released by the son are  reaching the earth atmosphere thence affecting the earth rotation. My predictions are extreme high temperatures throughtout the world and water shortage and agriculture devastation.   

    July 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Really? Can you tell me the winning numbers for the Powerball next week, so I can buy my ticket and get the hell outta here?

      July 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |