Floods and landslides caused by unprecedented rainfall in southern Japan have killed 35 people. Among the victims are 14 residents of a nursing home, which was flooded when the river overflowed its banks.
Another 50 residents and 30 educators were rescued by boats on Sunday. More than a dozen people have gone missing and more than 2,000 households have been cut off in eight municipalities in Kumamoto Prefecture on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, Kyodo News reported.
Flood waters cut off roads and washed away buildings. Kyodo's helicopter flew over the area where the words "rice, water, SOS" written on the ground were visible.
More than 4,650 homes in Kumamoto Prefecture were left without electricity Sunday afternoon, Kyushu Electric Power Co. reported.
Narumi Kavanaugh, 78, who lived with her 75-year-old disabled husband in Kumah, told The Japan Times that water rose up to her neck on the second floor of their home. They dived through the window into the water to save themselves.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that this amount of precipitation had never been observed in the region before.