Asia battered by severe storms, flooding
A woman sweeps mud out of a hair salon in the flooded city of Sanyo Onoda in western Japan after heavy rains struck the region July 15, 2010. Hundreds of thousands of people in western and southern Japan have been urged to evacuate their homes as heavy rains caused mudslides and flooded houses, killing two and leaving some missing. REUTERS NEWS AGENCY
The death toll in Philippines from Typhoon Conson rose Thursday to 37, with 48 still missing, though the Conson was downgraded to tropical storm status.
Different storm systems meanwhile looked set to batter other countries in the region, leading to severe flooding in China and the evacuation of hundreds of thousands in Japan.