Death toll rises to 16 in rain-hit northern Kyushu

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Residents dig from a riverbed to prevent flooding in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Saturday morning.

The Yomiuri Shimbun The death toll from record rainfall in northern Kyushu rose to 16 on Saturday as rescue missions continued for those still missing and isolated in disaster-hit areas.

Eleven people died in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, and two people died in Toho, also in the prefecture. Three people died in Hita, Oita Prefecture. The identities of four bodies were confirmed, including a 1-year-old boy, leaving the number of people who remain missing at 15.

Almost all the districts in Asakura and Toho that were previously isolated are now accessible. However, more than 500 people were still waiting to be rescued in Hita on Saturday.

3 bodies found in Ariake Sea

The bodies of three women were found in the Ariake Sea off the coast of Saga and neighboring areas on Saturday morning, Saga prefectural police said.

They may have been carried out to sea by flooding from areas hit by heavy rain. Police were investigating the causes of death. Speech

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