Death toll rises to 15 in flood-hit southern Japan as search for survivors continues

The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 15, a government official said on Saturday, as rescuers continued work to evacuate isolated survivors.
Raging rivers overflowing with water and mud have devastated swathes of Kyushu – the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands – after heavy rainfall, sweeping away roads and houses and destroying schools.
Thousands of rescuers have been fighting through thick mud and battling rain to search for…