On Saturday, rescuers found 14 people without vital signs at a nursing home in the Japanese settlement of Kuma, in Kumamoto prefecture, after heavy rains led to severe flooding along the Kuma River and landslides in the area. Another victim was pulled from a landslide.
The Japanese prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima have been worst hit by heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides. Over 200,000 local residents have been ordered to evacuate. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised heavy rain warnings to the highest level in parts of Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Saturday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has mobilized 10,000 troops to help local rescuers who are struggling with disaster relief work.