Tokyo, At least 155 people have died in floods

and landslides triggered by torrential rain in western Japan, says the

government.

It is the highest death toll caused by rainfall that Japan has seen

in more than three decades.

Rescuers are now digging through mud and rubble in a race to find

survivors, as dozens are still missing.

About two million people have been evacuated from the region

after rivers burst their banks.

Authorities have opened up school halls and gymnasiums to

those who have been displaced by the rainfall.

There remains a risk of landslides, with rain-sodden hilltops liable

to collapse.

Flood warnings are still in effect for some of the worst hit areas,

including the Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Japan.

But more settled weather is expected over the next few days which is

likely to help with rescue efforts, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency