Heavy rainfall on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu killed at least sixteen people on Saturday, public broadcaster NHK announced on Sunday. Japanese weather services predict even more heavy rainfall for Sunday, fearing floods and landslides.

The death toll is likely to increase quickly. In addition to the sixteen confirmed deaths, seventeen people have been found who no longer show any sign of life, but who have not yet been officially declared dead.

Thirteen more people are still missing after the heavy showers, which mainly affected the region around the cities of Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Saturday. More than 200,000 people were evacuated in the run-up to the heavy rainfall.

The country's meteorological service calls on the island's inhabitants to remain vigilant. Due to the heavy rain and thunderstorms that pass over the island on Sunday, there is a big chance that soil, which was already weakened by Saturday's showers, will come loose, causing landslides.

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Floods and landslides in Japan