More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes and “protect your lives” as heavy rain batters the southern Kyushu areas of Japan.
Southern Kyushu is one of the country’s main islands. It has a metre of rain (39 inches) since last Friday – and another deluge is expected.
Local officials have said that there might be flooding and landslides and an evacuation directive is in place in three prefectures.
People have been warned to evacuate to designated shelters as 14,000 troops stand by for search and rescue operations.
The heavy rain started last week and dozens of homes have so far been flooded, while an elderly woman died in a mudslide in Kagoshima.