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Thousands of Japanese rescuers dug through twisted wood and mud on Friday in the wake of freak rains that killed six people and forced nearly 80,000 from their homes, with more rain falling amid warnings of further landslides.
Parts of Fukuoka, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, were hit by 23 inches of rain in the 48 hours to 9:00 a.m. Friday, well over the rainfall of a usual July, the meteorological agency said.
Heavy rain continued to fall, shifting to the northern part of Kyushu, although emergency rain warnings had been lifted.
Six people had died and at least 22 could not be reached, officials said. Just under 80,000 people were ordered to evacuate, down from more than 400,000 at the peak of the rains, with tens of thousands more advised to leave their homes.