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Japan floods: 126 killed after torrential rain and landslides

11 July 2018, 10:29 | Erica Roy

Japan floods: 126 killed after torrential rain and landslides

Japan floods: 126 killed after torrential rain and landslides

Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that at least 156 people had been killed.

A local bathing facility has been set up free of charge for residents in Mabicho, but those without cars can not make the journey there, and many continue to go without being able to bathe.

Some residents of Mabi had shrugged off the warnings, however, given the area's history of floods.

Rescuers are now searching for dozens of people still missing since the rains hit Southwestern Japan.

Most of the deaths in hard-hit Hiroshima were from landslides in areas where homes had been built up against steep slopes, beginning in the 1970s, said Takashi Tsuchida, a civil engineering professor at Hiroshima University.

Officials have evacuated about two million people after rives banks burst.

In Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures, the Japan Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), which comprises doctors, nurses and other staff members dispatched from outside those prefectures, began its activities, visiting evacuation centers to see if there were any evacuees complaining about health problems.

"When rescue boats started coming around, they could find people looking out from the window, but those who stayed inside the house were not visible to them", Ishii added.

Residents sheltering at a local elementary school in Hiroshima's Yano district were provided with water, blankets and cellphone chargers. Regional supermarket chains such as Every Co. said one outlet is closed and several other outlets shortened service hours due to delivery delays and supply shortage.


Although the government has yet to get a firm handle on the extent of the damage, some 347 homes were totally or partially destroyed and 9,868 homes were flooded as of Tuesday morning, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

"It will be over 35 Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called off his eight-day trip starting tomorrow to Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in order to oversee the recovery response for Japan's worst flood disaster since 1983.

Minoru Katayama, 86, rushed back to his home in Mabi city, in Okayama prefecture, on Monday, and found his 88-year-old wife, Chiyoko, dead on the first floor.

The rains have damaged key infrastructure such as highways and railways in the affected regions.

The rain set off landslides and flooded rivers, trapping many people in their homes or on rooftops.

Assessment of the casualties was slowed by the scale of the area affected.

"[The Philippines] is offering Pinoy soldiers, including engineers and doctors, to help rescue and rehabilitation efforts" of areas hit by flooding and landslides following days of heavy rainfall, Roque quoted Duterte.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the three hours of rainfall brought 10.4 inches in one area in Kochi, which is a record-high since 1976.



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