In the wake of global warming and/or HAARP weather engineering, Japan has experienced yet another record breaking cloud burst that have devastated parts of Japan.
Over 50,000 rescue workers, police and military personnel have been mobilized to respond to the disaster, which has left entire villages submerged by flooding and left just the top of traffic lights visible above the rising waters.
The latest casualty figures from the downpours in western Japan were estimated @ 180 dead, 64 missing and 244,000 households without power and water supplies.
Among the 13 prefectures hit by flooding and landslides triggered by days of torrential rain, the death tolls were the highest in Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime.
At least 42 people were still unaccounted-for in Hiroshima Prefecture, while the search continued for 18 in Okayama Prefecture.
The land ministry said it has received 483 reports of landslides in 29 prefectures, consisting of 358 cliff collapses, 109 flows of debris and 16 land slips.
The death toll is expected to rise significantly, with local media reporting dozens of people still unaccounted for in the disaster, after roads turned into deadly rivers.
The torrential downpours have caused flash flooding and landslides across central and western Japan, with some villages engulfed by rising waters, and trapped residents taking shelter on their rooftops as floods swirl below.
Over two million people have been told to evacuate, but the orders are not mandatory and many remained at home, becoming trapped by rapidly rising water or sudden landslides.
Roads were transformed into muddy flowing rivers, with dirt piled up on either side as flood water gushed around the wheels of stranded cars.
In western Okayama prefecture, rescue operations were underway to evacuate several hundred people including children and the elderly from a hospital, some by helicopter.
The Kyodo news agency said around 1,850 people in the area had been trapped on the roofs of buildings, and that the land ministry planned to mobilize 20 trucks to begin pumping water out of flooded areas and restore access.
The floods have halted production at plants across the affected region, with reports of electricity, water and mobile phone network outages.
The disaster is the deadliest rain-related crisis in the country since 2014, when at least 74 people were killed in landslides caused by torrential downfalls in the Hiroshima region.
The Big Wobble / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.