TOKYO: About 400000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan Saturday as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of Kyushu as rainfall of up to 11 centimetres (4.3 inches) per hour was recorded on Saturday. Evacuation orders were issued to about 260000 people in the north of the island where more rivers burst their banks, Kyushu's local media reported. They were told to go to designated shelters such as schools and other public facilities. Nearly 140000 other people were advised to leave their homes to avoid possible disaster, according to officials contacted by AFP in the four affected prefectures in Kyushu. Television footage showed torrents of muddy, debris-strewn water and flooded houses following what officials described as "unprecedented" downpours from a seasonal rain front. Along the Yamakuni river in Oita prefecture, water levels were seen reaching the roof of a riverside drive-in restaurant before subsiding later. In Fukuoka prefecture alone, 78600 people were ordered to evacuate their homes as rivers overflowed in dozens of places and 181 landslides occurred, an official said. About 820 houses were damaged and three bridges washed away, Fukuoka prefecture spokesman Hiroaki Aoki told AFP by telephone. "Two men were rescued from landslides but their conditions were not immediately <b>...</b>
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