Torrential rain pounded western Japan on Monday, leaving four people dead and 11 missing as a typhoon approaches the main island of Honshu, police said.
Three people, two men and one woman, were confirmed dead in western Hyogo prefecture in incidents related to the heavy rain, local police said.
“One man was found in a submerged car and one woman was in a gutter,” said a police spokesman. “We have not confirmed how another male body was found.”
In adjacent Okayama prefecture, a 68-year-old woman died in a landslide.
Typhoon Etau was moving towards Honshu at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour, Japan’s weather agency said.
At 7:45 am local time it was located 390 km south of the southwestern island of Shikoku.
Typhoon Etau, which means “storm cloud” in Palauan, is expected to bring up to 25 centimetres of rain by Tuesday morning, the weather agency said.