This video is currently not available Torrential rainfall has caused massive flooding across Japan for more than a week, causing the deaths of at least 58 people as of July 8. (Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters/The Washington Post) Torrential, record-breaking rainstorms have deluged southern and central Japan since Friday, killing at least 58 people and damaging over 4,000 properties. The southwestern-most island of Kyushu, with a population of nearly 13 million, was hardest hit by the initial wave of downpours Friday and Saturday, while heavy rains have since spread into the central mainland. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the government to declare an “extreme disaster” to streamline the recovery process in hard-hit areas of the nation. A number of communities were isolated, with roadways and vital infrastructure damaged by heavy rain and landslides. Meanwhile, meteorologists are eyeing the potential for parts of Japan to pick up another foot or more of rainfall next week. Extreme rain totals Residents wade through floodwater caused by torrential rains Wednesday to go to their home in Kurume, Fukuoka prefecture, […]