Torrential rain in southern Japan on Monday triggered landslides that killed at least three people and left eight others missing, with the authorities ordering tens of thousands of residents to leave their homes.

An elderly woman was killed and her 74-year-old husband was injured when a landslide hit a house in Soeda, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Fukuoka Prefectural Police said a man was found dead in Kurume in the prefecture. The police believe he is a man who had been seen trying to escape from a car that was submerged in water earlier in the day. The police also said a man was confirmed dead in the town of Hirokawa in the prefecture after he was found in a minitruck submerged in water.