Scenes of chaos after floods and landslides wreak havoc in western Japan

STAFF REPORT

At least 16 people have been killed and around 50 remain missing amid record-breaking heavy rains, floods and landslides in much of western Japan. This is a selection of the damage so far, from wire services and social media.

Rescuers try to local residents trapped in a mudslide on Saturday morning in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Rescuers try to locate residents trapped in a mudslide on Saturday morning in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. | KYODO
Roads are cut off by a mudslide at a section of the Kyushu Expressway in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Saturday morning.
Roads are cut off by a mudslide at a section of the Kyushu Expressway in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Saturday morning. | KYODO
A train sits derailed on a section of the JR Chikuhi Line in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, Saturday morning after a landslide hit the tracks.
A train sits derailed on a section of the JR Chikuhi Line in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, on Saturday morning after a landslide hit the tracks. | KYODO
The main road in front of JR Saka Station of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, is flooded with muddy water Saturday after heavy rains hit a wide portion of western Japan Friday. NHK reported at least three mudslides were triggered by the heavy rain in the town, leaving two residents missing.
The main road in front of JR Saka Station in Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, is flooded with muddy water Saturday after heavy rains hit a wide portion of western Japan on Friday. NHK reported at least three mudslides were triggered by the heavy rain in the town, leaving two residents missing. | KYODO
The town of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, is flooded in this photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter Saturday morning.
The town of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, is flooded in this photo taken Saturday morning. | KYODO
Rescuers help local residents evacuate in the flooded town of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Saturday.
Rescuers help local residents evacuate in the flooded town of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Saturday. | KYODO
A rescue helicopter lifts up a survivor from an area hit by a mudslide in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Saturday.
A rescue helicopter airlifts a survivor from an area hit by a mudslide in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Saturday. | KYODO
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel ride a boat to rescue locals in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on Saturday as roads remain flooded from heavy rains that hit western Japan.
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel in a boat search for locals trapped in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on Saturday as roads remain flooded from heavy rains that hit western Japan. | KYODO
A road in the Aki district of Hiroshima city is flooded from heavy rains on Saturday morning.
A road in the Aki district of the city of Hiroshima is flooded after heavy rains Saturday morning. | KYODO
Rescuers help local residents to evacuate Saturday in the town of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Rescuers help local residents evacuate Saturday in the town of Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture. | KYODO