Heavy flooding over eastern Japan
More than 170,000 people have been evacuated, Sept 10,2015 officials said. Those who didn't leave found their houses submerged within minutes. In parts of Tochigi, more than 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) of rain fell in 24 hours, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. That's about double the amount that typically falls in the region for all of September. The disaster is far from over. Inundated parts of eastern Japan will get another 5-10 centimeters (2-4 inches) of rain over the next 36 hours, the heaviest downpour there in 50 years.