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Japan Battered by More Heavy Rain and Floods, Over 50 Dead

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People wade through flood waters in Kurume, in Fukuoka Prefecture on July 8.

People wade through flood waters in Kurume, in Fukuoka Prefecture on July 8.

Photographer: Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

Tokyo (AP) -- Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people died in several days of flooding.

Parts of Nagano and Gifu, including areas known for scenic mountain trails and hot springs, were flooded by massive downpours.