Floods kill 38 in Japan
Torrential rainfal l and f looding has battered a widespread area in Japan, with local media reports putting the death toll at 38.
Public broadcaster NHK said another four people were seriously injured and 47 are missing.
TV footage showed a residential area in Okayama w it h brown wa t e r spreading like a huge lake.
People were f leeing to rooftops and balconies as rescue helicopters tried to save them yesterday.