7-16-2012Rain comes down like a waterfall in Japan -28 dead
Most of the quarter-million people who fled massive flooding in southwest Japan were able to return home by Monday, but the danger had not fully passed from record rains that have killed at least 28 people.
Thousands of homes and hundreds of roads were damaged, and hundreds of landslides were reported. The military airlifted food by helicopter to stranded districts.
The rain "was like a waterfall," Yoko Yoshika said in Yamaguchi prefecture (state). "It was horrible."
"Our region gets hit with heavy rain every year, but I have never experienced anything like this," city employee Kumi Takesue said.
The intense rain occurred as far north as the ancient capital of Kyoto, where rainfall exceeded 90 millimeters (3.5 inches) per hour — a condition in which rain cascades in such torrents that seeing ahead becomes impossible.