According to the news agency, for now at least 76 people died as a result of a downpour on the Japanese islands Kyushu and Shikoku.
92 people are missing. Most of them were on the territory of Hiroshima prefectural.
“Rescue efforts are a battle with time. The rescue teams are doing their utmost,” Shinzo Abe, the PM, said.
For now, a rescue operation is being conducted in which 40 helicopters are involved.
"The assessment of casualties has been difficult because of the widespread area affected by the rainfall, flooding and landslides. Authorities warned landslides could strike even after rain subsides as the calamity shaped up to be potentially the worst in decades," the news agency reports.