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Death toll rises to 22 in Kyushu disaster

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Self-Defense Force personnel head to a search mission for missing people in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Monday.

Jiji PressFUKUOKA/OITA (Jiji Press) — The death toll has increased to 22 in areas lashed by heavy rainfall in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures, local authorities said Monday.

On Monday, three people were newly found in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, and one of them was confirmed dead later, according to the prefectural police.

Search operations continued with more than 20 people still missing since torrential rain started hitting the prefectures in the northern part of the Kyushu region on Wednesday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of landslides because heavy rain may hit some areas in the northern Kyushu region again on Tuesday.

The Asakura municipal government issued evacuation instructions to 655 people in 233 households on Monday afternoon due to possible flooding from a pond.

The record rainfall has killed 16 people in Asakura, three in the Fukuoka village of Toho and three others in Hita, Oita Prefecture.

According to the Fukuoka prefectural government, 25 people remain unaccounted for in Asakura and one in the city of Ukiha.

Meanwhile, some elementary and junior high schools resumed classes in affected areas in Hita on Monday.

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