Over the weekend, sustained heavy rainfall hit parts of western and central Japan, causing flash flooding, setting off landslides, submerging floodplains, and forcing more than 2 million residents to evacuate.

Today, Japan’s National Police Agency announced at least 200 people had died, and dozens were still missing, in the worst weather-related disaster to hit Japan in more than 30 years. More than 70,000 rescue workers are at work in hard-hit areas searching for survivors as the damage to villages, roads, and infrastructure is being assessed. Hundreds of thousands of homes remain without power or clean water.


  • An aerial view of flooded houses in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 8, 2018 

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  • An emergency crew works at the site where a train derailed due to landslides caused by heavy rain in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, Japan, on July 7, 2018 

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  • Residents sit on the roof of a submerged house as they wait for a rescue in Kurashiki, Japan, on July 7, 2018

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  • Residents are rescued from a flooded area by Japan Self-Defense Forces soldiers in Kurashiki, Japan, on July 7, 2018 

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  • Rescue workers gather next to houses damaged by a landslide following heavy rain in Hiroshima, in western Japan, on July 7, 2018 

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  • A man in a wheelchair is rescued from a flooded area in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 8, 2018 

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  • A man and his wife protect their home from water with sandbags in Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on July 8, 2018 

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  • An aerial view of flooded houses in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 8, 2018 

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  • Residents rescue dogs from a flooded area in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 8, 2018 

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  • Cars sit trapped in mud after floods in Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on July 8, 2018 

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  • Soldiers carry a woman to a vehicle to be evacuated after rescuing her on July 7, 2018, following heavy flooding in Kurashiki, near Okayama, Japan 

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  • A car stands on its nose on July 8, 2018, following heavy flooding in Kurashiki, near Okayama, Japan 

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  • A house remains intact on July 8, 2018, after a landslide struck near Hiroshima, Japan 

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  • Cars move along a road covered with mud on July 9, 2018, after heavy rain in Mabi Town in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan 

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  • Residents cross an area that is still flooded in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 9, 2018 

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  • A submerged car sits in a flooded area in Mabi Town in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 9, 2018 

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  • Local residents receive emergency water at Mihara Daini junior high school, which is acting as an emergency-water supplying station, in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on July 9, 2018 

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  • A rescue worker passes buildings destroyed by a landslide on July 8, 2018, in Kumano, near Hiroshima, Japan. 

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  • Soldiers search for victims in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 9, 2018 

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  • A horse stranded on a rooftop after torrential rain in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 9, 2018 

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  • A horse that had been stranded on a rooftop is rescued in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on July 9, 2018 

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