Tokyo - SPA
Heavy rain hits western Japan, tens of thousands ordered to evacuate
Authorities issued an evacuation order to tens of thousands of residents in western Japan on Sunday as torrential rain lashed the region, dpa reported.
Forecasters warned of mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers on the island of Kyushu and the Chugoku region, as Typhoon Danas, which was moving over the Korean Peninsula, dropped record-breaking rain on some part of western Japan.
About 300 millimetres of rain had been dumped on the cities of Tosu and Kurume on Kyushu for 12 hours until 10 am (0100 GMT), according to the Meteorological Agency.
Authorities issued an evacuation order to tens of thousands of residents in the prefectures of Fukuoka and Hiroshima.