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Japan Begins Cleanup After Record Rains, Flooding

Japan's Self-Defense Force soldiers search for missing people at an area devastated by heavy rains at Ichinomiya-machi town in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture,July 15, 2012.
Residents of southwestern Japan are returning home after four days of record rainfall that caused massive flooding.

Hundreds of thousands of people on the island of Kyushu began to clean up Monday, as the death toll from flooding and landslides reached at least 27.

Sunday, Japanese troops airlifted supplies to more than 3,000 people who were stranded in Fukuoka prefecture, southwestern Japan.

More than 90 millimeters of rain an hour fell in Kyoto prefecture in western Japan, flooding hundreds of homes.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday that the worst is over, but predicted more heavy rain in some areas through Monday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.