In a sad turn of events, following a series of quakes over the past month, yet another catastrophe has hit Japan. At least 100 people are believed to be dead after record rainfall befell parts of western Japan, according to a government spokesperson. Most of the deaths happened in the Hiroshima prefecture, while hundreds of homes are estimated to be destroyed. The authorities have recognised that they are facing a “race against time”, and firefighters, police and soldiers have since been deployed on search and rescue operations. According to Japanese news agencies, people are fearing for the worst as victims are suspected to have been buried alive in the landslides.