At least 68 dead in floods, landslides

At least 68 dead in floods, landslides

Authorities in Japan warn that the death toll may rise in floods and landslides caused by record rainfall in the western part of the country.

They say that, as of 5 PM, on Sunday, 68 people are dead and 6 remain unconscious. At least 56 are missing.

Hiroshima Prefecture was the hardest hit with 29 people reported dead. 20 were killed in Ehime prefecture.

Fatalities were also reported in Okayama, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Fukuoka, Kochi, Gifu and Yamaguchi prefectures.

4 people were found unconscious in Hiroshima Prefecture and 2 in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The flooding and landslides are hindering rescue operations.