At least 48 killed, 48 missing as torrential rain pounds Japan

8 July 2018

The Japanese government confirmed on Sunday (July 8) at least 48 people have been killed, with an additional 22 unresponsive and feared dead as record heavy rains pummelled cities and towns. Japanese public broadcaster NHK has estimated the death toll at 52 with 44 missing, with possibly millions displaced or forced to flee their flooded homes. A weather front had settled between western and eastern Japan. The risk of heavy rains and warnings were lifted for some of the worst hits regions but also along with the rain to other parts of Japan such as the southern Kagoshima, Ehime, Kofu and Gifu prefecture, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said on Sunday.