Unprecedented rainfall
in northern Kyushu

 
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Work to remove debris continued during the night, as seen in this picture taken at 7:38 p.m. Friday in Toho, Fukuoka Prefecture. Mudflows blocked a road, leaving the area isolated.

Mudflows cover a wide area in the Hakiakadani district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, as seen in this picture taken at 1:45 p.m. Friday from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter.

Self-Defense Forces personnel and police officers conduct search activities in the Hoshuyama district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, as seen in this picture taken at 1:23 p.m. Friday from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter.

Police officers conduct search activities in an area covered with mud and driftwood in the Hakihoshimaru district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, as seen in this picture taken at 12:07 p.m. Friday.

Rescuers from firefighting services head for an isolated area in Toho, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 9:05 a.m. Friday. Rain water flows like a river where a road collapsed.

A teetering building is seen at 9:36 a.m. Friday in the Hakihoshimaru district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture. A road along a river collapsed.

Police officers search an area covered with driftwood at 12:23 p.m. Friday in the Hakihoshimaru district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture.

An area inundated with mudflows in the Hakioyama district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, is seen in this picture taken from a helicopter at 1:04 p.m. on Thursday.

A collapsed mountainside is seen as mud flows over a river, roads and houses in Hita, Oita Prefecture, in this picture taken from a helicopter at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Mud flows from the side of a mountain over a river, a road and between houses in the Ono district of Hita, Oita Prefecture, in this picture taken from a helicopter at 10:01 a.m. on Thursday.

An area devastated by mudflows in the Ono district of Hita, Oita Prefecture, is seen in this picture taken from a helicopter at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Driftwood surrounds a house in the Hakisozu district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, in this picture taken from a helicopter at 9:24 a.m. Thursday.

An inundated area in the Yamada district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, is seen in this picture taken from a helicopter at 9:02 a.m. Thursday.

An inundated area in the Yamada district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, is seen in this picture taken from a helicopter at 8:55 a.m. Thursday.

Schoolchildren are seen at Masue Elementary School in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 8:12 a.m. Thursday.

A railway bridge for Kyushu Railway Co.’s Kyudai Line has been washed away, as seen at 6:54 a.m. Thursday in Hita, Oita Prefecture.

The foundations of the Hiramatsu Middle School building in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, are destroyed due to a rise in the river water level as seen at 9:48 a.m. Thursday.

Local residents are transported in boats of firefighting services from an inundated residential area in the Nagata district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 6:53 a.m. Thursday.

Self-Defense Forces personnel help residents in a devastated area to evacuate as rain continues pouring down at 5:56 a.m. Thursday in the Hakihoshimaru district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Children evacuate after spending the night at Masue Elementary School in the Hakihoshimaru district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 10:02 a.m. Thursday.

Residents head to their homes to check the conditions at 8:19 a.m. Thursday in Hita, Oita Prefecture.

Houses are isolated in an inundated area in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, in this picture taken from a helicopter at 8:58 a.m. on Thursday.

Residents of the Ono district in Hita, Oita Prefecture, who have been transported by Self-Defense Forces aircraft, are seen in this picture taken at 3:11 p.m. Thursday in the city.

Self-Defense Forces personnel help a local resident to evacuate at 5:41 a.m. Thursday in the Hakihoshimaru district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Residents wait to be rescued from an area in the Hakishiwa district in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 10:34 a.m. Thursday. The area was isolated after a bridge was washed away.

Residents walk over mud streams using ropes in the Hakishiwa district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 12:04 p.m. Thursday.

Holding the hand of her mother, left, a woman walks over debris to evacuate in Toho, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 4:36 p.m. Thursday.

Houses are destroyed by mudflows in the Hakihoshimaru district of Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, at 6:02 a.m. Thursday.

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