(multimedia) Tokyo (CNN) — Extraordinarily heavy rains have left hundreds of people cut off and at least 28 dead on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, local authorities said Monday, and more storms could be on their way.
The torrential rain has wreaked havoc across three prefectures on Kyushu over the past several days, causing mudslides, flooding houses and swelling rivers to dangerous levels.
People have been killed after being buried in their homes by landslides and swept away by overflowing rivers.
By Monday, 28 people had died as a result of the the extreme weather, and a further four are missing, according to local authorities in the prefectures of Oita, Kumamoto and Fukuoka. The overwhelming majority of deaths were in Kumamoto.
The downpours have damaged homes across the region and prompted the temporary evacuation of thousands of people, authorities said.
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