Japan is being battered by rainfall three times more than is usual for the month of July.

Flash floods and landslides across central and western areas have sparked evacuation orders for more two million people.

Some 11,200 households had no electricity, power companies said, while hundreds of thousands had no water.

The death toll reached at least 114, NHK public television said, with 61 people missing.

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has now updated its travel advice to UK tourists travelling to Japan.

Japan floods: UK Foreign Office updates travel advice as country is battered by severe flooding

“Due to torrential rain, there are risks of flooding and landslides in wide areas of central and western Japan,” the FCO have written on their website.

“You should check transport information in case of disruption and follow the advice of local authorities including any evacuation orders.”

“We’ve never had this kind of rain before,” a Japanese Meteorological Agency official said.

Emergency warnings for severe rain remain in effect for three prefectures with 11 inches predicted to fall by today on the island of Shikoku.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meeting with a crisis committee responding to the disaster which has seen whole villages submerged, said: “Rescues, saving lives and evacuations are a race against time. There are still many people whose safety has yet to be confirmed.”

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Japan floods: UK Foreign Office updates travel advice as country is battered by severe flooding

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Japan floods: Emergency warnings for severe rain remain in effect for three prefectures

The city of Kurashiki, with a population of nearly 500,000, has been hit hardest by the torrential rain that pounded western Japan with three times the usual amount for July.

Television footage showed patients and staff waiting for rescue on a balcony at Mabi Memorial Hospital.

Among the missing was a nine-year-old boy believed trapped in his house by a landslide.

“All I have is what I’m wearing,” a rescued woman clutching a toy poodle told a local TV station.

“We had fled to the second floor but then the water rose more, so we went to the third.”

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Japan floods: Dire conditions have made rescue operations difficult

In Takehara, mudslides on Saturday crushed homes.

In Okayama, brown water engulfed residential areas with people fleeing to rooftops and balconies, to signal rescue helicopters.

Water rose 16ft in the worst-hit areas where cars were floating.

Though the typhoon began last week, the worst of the rain hit from Thursday, when a builder was swept away.

The toll has risen steadily since then, and conditions have made rescue operations difficult, with some desperate citizens taking to Twitter to call for help.

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