51 Dead, 58 Missing As Heavy Rains Pound Western Japan

Japan's Deadly Flood

Torrential rain brings devastation to Western Japan

Record rainfall in Western Japan has caused widespread flooding and landslides, forcing thousands to be evacuated from their homes. More than 100 people are believed to have lost their lives, with dozens more reported missing and feared dead. The photos bring back memories of the devastating tsunami of 2011 that caused the shutdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Meanwhile, rescue efforts have only just begun.

FLOODED STREET IN HIROSHIMA The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images FLOODED STREET IN HIROSHIMA Within about four days, parts of western Japan have reportedly received some three times the usual rainfall as usually hits in all of July. CHAOS IN KURASHIKI, NEAR OKAYAMA Carl Court/Getty Images CHAOS IN KURASHIKI, NEAR OKAYAMA

More Stories From FOTO

TRAPPED CARS IN SAKA MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images TRAPPED CARS IN SAKA Powerful flooding that thick mud have washed away cars and caused buildings to collapse; in some areas, mud and debris are everywhere, making rescue and recovery difficult. FERRYING RESIDENTS TO SAFETY IN OKAYAMA Carl Court/Getty Images FERRYING RESIDENTS TO SAFETY IN OKAYAMA ANIMAL RESCUE IN KURASHIKI STR/AFP/Getty Images ANIMAL RESCUE IN KURASHIKI DAMAGED HOUSE IN KUMANO MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images DAMAGED HOUSE IN KUMANO AIR RESCUE IN KURASHIKI Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images AIR RESCUE IN KURASHIKI MABI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images MABI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL STRANDED LORRY IN KURASHIKI Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images STRANDED LORRY IN KURASHIKI



For more FOTO stories directly in your inbox, sign up for our free weekly newsletter.