Number of the Day: 50,000

The number of people evacuated from their homes on Japan's Kyushu island due to floods.

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More than 50,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on Japan's Kyushu island due to record rainfall. According to Global Post, at least 17 people have died, and the numbers are expected to rise.

"Unfortunately, we believe the numbers (of dead and missing) will rise as we get more and more information from the field," a spokesman from Kumamoto prefecture told AFP.

The island is experiencing the heaviest rainfall in its history, and mudslides are burying houses and blocking roads. Some places have seen as much as four inches of rain an hour. And more rain is on the way, along with alerts for additional flooding.

Photo by Kyodo/Reuters

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