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TOKYO, July 6 (KUNA) — At least 27 people have been confirmed dead and 15 others are presumed dead in southwestern Japan following record downpour over the weekend, local authorities said Monday.
Ten people also remain unaccounted for in Kumamoto Prefecture, after torrential rain-triggered floods and landslides, while police officers, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel continue search and rescue efforts, said the authorities.
At a meeting of relevant ministers on Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged all-out rescue efforts by emergency crews.
Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more mudslides and floods in the affected areas, as heavy rain is expected to continue across the country through Tuesday