>> Rescue and clean up operations are underway in Japan after unprecedented rains pounded the country. Schools have been killed and many are missing after rivers burst their banks in Hiroshima and other areas late on Sunday. In the city of Kurashiki in western Japan, 1,850 people were still trapped on Sunday, according to the country's national broadcaster.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says rescuers are working against time, Japan's government has set up an emergency management center. Some 54,000 rescuers have been dispatched to the affected areas. Since Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July, setting off floods and landslides.
Although rain has stopped and flood waters have receded in some parts of the country, evacuation orders are still in place for some 2 million people. Businesses have also been affected with automakers, Mazda Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co suspending operations at several plants on Saturday due to a shortage of parts or dangerous conditions.
Further rain warnings are in effect with 300 millimeters predicted to fall in some areas by Monday morning.