Dozens die in Japan flooding as 40,000 rescuers search for survivors

The torrential rainfall flooding in Japan has killed at least 37 people.

More than 40,000 rescue workers are on the job searching for survivors, after record rains caused landslides and rivers to burst banks.

Reports claim that 13 people were missing, while over 800 people were rescued so far.

Weather watches have predicted rainfall until Wednesday. Close to 30cm of rains are expected in the next two days.

Heavy rainfall is normal in Japan during the monsoon season, but this time around extraordinary amounts of rain falling over the island of Kyushu has triggered flooding.

The prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima have been worst hit, over 80,000 people were asked to evacuate.

Due to the coronavirus many people are opting to take shelter in their cars rather than at evacuation centers.

On Saturday night, the Kuma river burst through its levees in numerous places inundating low-lying settlements.

Fourteen victims were found in one nursing home, after river waters flooded the ground floor. Another 50 were rescued.

It is Japan’s worst disaster since Typhoon Hagibis struck last October, killing some 90 people.