Japan death toll from torrential rains and floods has risen to 50

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The death toll from torrential rains and floods has risen to 50, with 3 million people ordered to evacuate

Tokyo (Gulf Inside) Heavy rains and floods over the past three days on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu have killed at least 50 people and left dozens missing.

The rains that started on Friday have not stopped and officials have forecast more rains.

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Authorities have ordered the evacuation of more than 3 million people following the torrential rains in Kyushu.

The worst-hit area was Kumamoto in Kyushu, where 49 of the 50 deaths occurred.

Dozens of Kumamoto residents have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in the open. Power transmission and communications are also cut off.

Flooding at a nursing home for senior citizens in Kumamoto has killed 14 people. Floodwaters from the river near the nursing home flooded the building, leaving some disabled people unable to evacuate.

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