By: Brittany Lockley/ BNC Journalist A widespread flash flooding event has left 18 people dead and 14 people missing in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima in southwestern Japan, according to local authorities. Heavy downpours deluged prefectures Friday into Saturday. On Saturday, Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a warning for unprecedented rainfall. At least 270,000 people told to evacuate in four prefectures across the island. According to the JMA, Kuma Village in Kumamoto saw a record-breaking 3.28 inches of rainfall in one hour on Saturday morning. Kanoya city, in Kagoshima, received 4.31 inches in an hour on Monday, the most seen 
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