Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods; 58 dead

TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan is moving northeast, battering large areas of Japan’s main island. More rivers are overflowing and mudslides are destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people have died in flooding since the weekend. Several people were rescued from homes destroyed by mudslides or from vehicles swept away by floods. Swollen rivers damaged a highway and threatened a bridge. In places where the rain has cleared, people are washing away mud and drying wet furniture.