An unprecedented 20 inches of rain descended on the town of Aso in southwestern Japan, inundating homes and rice paddies and killing at least 6 people. 20 people are still reportedly missing.
Images on local news reports showed cars being dragged into the raging rivers and houses destroyed by landslides. But by around noon time the rain had stopped, allowing for the clean up efforts to begin.
Photo: An aerial view shows firefighters searching among collapsed houses following a landslide caused by heavy rains in Minamiaso town on July 12, 2012. (Kyodo via Reuters)