Heavy rain and landslides hit Japan - in pictures

Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 141 lives in one of Japan's worst weather-related disasters for decades. With the toll mounting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a four-country foreign trip, and he was expected to visit the disaster-hit region later this week.
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This photo shows a damaged house in a flood hit area in Kumano, Hiroshima prefecture on July 9, 2018. Rescue workers in Japan battled on July 9 to reach residents trapped after devastating rains that have killed at least 141 people, as authorities warned about the risk of landslides.
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This picture shows an aerial view of collapsed houses following heavy rain in Hiroshima on July 7, 2018. The death toll from record downpours in Japan jumped to at least 141, with more than 1.9 million people ordered to evacuate on July 7, as heavy rain continued to strike large areas in the west of the country.
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An emergency crew works at the site after a train derailed due to landslides caused by heavy rain in Karatsu city, Saga prefecture on July 7, 2018. Three people were found dead near rain-swollen rivers in Japan on July 6, officials said, as record downpours prompted authorities to order more than 210,000 people to evacuate their homes, with some areas hit by more than a metre of rainfall.
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A car stands on its front following heavy flooding, on July 8, 2018 in Kurashiki near Okayama, Japan. Over 141 people have died and dozens are missing in Japan as torrential rain caused flash flooding and landslides across central and western parts of the country while more than two million people have been ordered to evacuate.
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A man operates a digger to remove mud from a landslide on July 8, 2018 in Kumano near Hiroshima, Japan. Over 141 people are now believed to have died during floods and landslides triggered by 'historic' levels of heavy rain across central and western parts of Japan while more than 50,000 rescuers are racing to find survivors as temperatures rise. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Sunday of a 'race against time' to rescue flood victims as almost 2 million people are subject to evacuation orders and tens of thousands remain without electricity and water.
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Soldiers push a boat as they prepare to search for survivors following heavy flooding, on July 8, 2018 in Kurashiki near Okayama, Japan. Over 141 people have died and dozens are missing in Japan as torrential rain caused flash flooding and landslides across central and western parts of the country while more than two million people have been ordered to evacuate.
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A man gives a woman a piggy back through floodwater on July 8, 2018 in Kurashiki near Okayama, Japan. Over 141 people have died and dozens are missing in Japan as torrential rain caused flash flooding and landslides across central and western parts of the country while more than two million people have been ordered to evacuate.
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A man walks on a road covered by rocks following heavy rains and flooding in Mihara on July 8, 2018. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on July 8 of a 'race against time' to rescue flood victims as authorities issued new alerts over record rains that have killed at least 141 people.
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People are rescued by boats from Mabi Memorial Hospital that was isolated due to flood damage caused by heavy rain in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 8, 2018. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of a 'race against time' to rescue flood victims as authorities issued new alerts over record rains that have killed at least 141 people.
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This picture shows damaged houses following heavy rains and flooding in Hiroshima on July 8, 2018. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on July 8 of a 'race against time' to rescue flood victims as authorities issued new alerts over record rains that have killed at least 141 people.
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Evacuees are seen in a gymnasium used as an evacuation center on July 9, 2018 in Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. Over 141 people are now believed to have died during floods and landslides triggered by 'historic' levels of heavy rain across central and western parts of Japan while more than 50,000 rescuers are racing to find survivors as temperatures rise. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Sunday of a 'race against time' to rescue flood victims as almost 2 million people are subject to evacuation orders and tens of thousands remain without electricity and water.
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This picture shows an aerial view of flooded houses in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 8, 2018. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on July 8 of a 'race against time' to rescue flood victims as authorities issued new alerts over record rains that have killed at least 141 people.