Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan

Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands on Sunday, as the government put the death toll at 48 with 28 others presumed dead.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 people are unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture.

More than 100 reports of casualties had been received, such as cars being swept away, he said. Some 40 helicopters were out on rescue missions.

Rescue efforts are a battle with time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters. The rescue teams are doing their utmost.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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