Japan floods and heavy rain leave at least 41 dead, dozens missing.
At least 51 people have been injured and another 36 people are missing, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of Japan.
People wait to be rescued on the roof of a house in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.
Hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged. In all, eight prefectures have been affected, including Kyoto and Hiroshima.
The Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded its alert system to the highest level in large areas of western Japan, while lifting the warning in other regions.
Japanese military personnel evacuate residents in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported about 364 millimeters (14.3 inches) of rain fell between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. in the city of Uwajima — approximately 1.5 times the average monthly rainfall for July.
In Sukumo City in Kochi prefecture, 263 millimeters (10.3 inches) of rain fell in two hours, Miamitight