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At least 15 people died on Saturday and nine were missing in Japan following heavy rains that have forced evacuation of tens of thousands of residents in the southwestern part of the country, according to officials.

Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima, cited by public broadcaster NHK, said 14 of the total casualties were residents of an old age home that got inundated following the flooding of the Kuma river. EFE-EPA