Residents of southwestern Japan are returning home after four days of record rainfall that caused massive flooding.
Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers search for missing people at an area devastated by heavy rains in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, July 16, 2012. Japanese weather officials are warning of more torrential rain in northern and western Japan.
A destroyed car lies near collapsed houses after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture.
Soldiers search for missing people at an area hit by landslides caused by heavy rains in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture. Evacuation orders were issued to 40,000 people in the Kyushu area.
An elderly woman is carried on a stretcher to airlift to a hospital in Yame, southwest Japan, July 16, 2012.