By Takehiko Kambayashi
Tokyo (dpa) – Heavy rains have killed three people in western
Japan and left seven missing, news reports said Friday, while the
weather was forecast to remain unstable in many parts of the country,
the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The agency warned of more possible mudslides and flooding.
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, three people were buried under a
collapsed house early Friday. Among the three, 11-year-old Mizuki
Kusamoto was rescued around 5 am (2000 GMT), three hours after two 4-
metre-diameter boulders hit their house, but her 37-year-old mother
Rumiko and her brother Ryoga, 7, are still trapped under the debris,
Kyodo News reported, citing police.
Rainfall around the region exceeded 200 millimetres since
Downpours have hit western Japan for several days, leaving wide
areas of farmland flooded. Evacuation advisories were issued for
hundreds of thousands of people.