14 feared dead at flooded nursing home in Japan: governor

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 04 2020 05:55 PM

An aerial view shows flooded Kuma River caused by heavy rains at a residential area in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 4, 2020. Kyodo via Reuters 

Fourteen people were feared dead after a nursing home was flooded in western Japan on Saturday as record heavy rains hit the region, a local governor said.

The victims were found "in cardio-respiratory arrest" at the facility for elderly people that was inundated after a nearby river broke its banks, governor Ikuo Kabashima from the western region of Kumamoto told reporters.

Authorities in Japan use that term before a doctor officially certifies death.