Emergency supplies have been flown into thousands of people on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, who have been cut off by severe weather.
Torrential rain has triggered landslides, making roads impassable.
At least 22 people have been killed, eight others are reported missing.
“On Thursday morning, the rain water poured down from the hilltop and washed away the house in just one second, leaving no trace,” said one victim.
Nearly three thousand homes have been damaged or destroyed on Kyushu, Japan’s third largest island. Many more properties have been evacuated.
Emergency teams are now working around the clock to help communities recover.
The weather was said to be calmer on Sunday morning, but residents have been warned there is a chance of further flooding and landslides.