Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan

  • Residential buildings are partially submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. (Koki Sengoku/Kyodo News via AP)

  • Roads are covered in mud waters after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Aki, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. (Kyodo News via AP)

  • Buildings are almost submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. (Shingo Nishizume/Kyodo News via AP)

  • People waif to be rescued on the top of a house almost submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. (Shingo Nishizume/Kyodo News via AP)

  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members use a boat to evacuate residentd from a flooded area caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. (Koki Sengoku/Kyodo News via AP)

  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members use a boat to evacuate residents from a flooded area caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. (Takumi Sato/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands on Sunday, as the government put the death toll at 48 with 28 others presumed dead.

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