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13 July 2018, 04:10 | Erica Roy
GETTYLandslide warnings have been issued in over a quarter of the nation's prefectures
Japan's Meteorology Agency lifted its special torrential rain emergency warning on Sunday night, with weather conditions easing.
The severe weather took many people in southwest Japan by surprise.
Water accumulating behind piles of debris blocking rivers also posed a danger after a swollen river rushed into a Fukuyama residential area on Monday, prompting more evacuation orders.
Japan's government said at least 134 people have been confirmed dead from the heavy rains, floods and mudslides that have struck western Japan.
She escaped the house on Saturday, crossing the street to take shelter in a three-storey care home for the elderly, from where she watched in horror as the waters rose.
The Yomiuri ShimbunThe death toll from record rainfall that hit mainly western Japan reached 200, while 21 people remained missing, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced at a press conference on Thursday.
Local government officials said pumping trucks were being deployed to help restore access to some of the worst-hit areas, and on Monday flood water was finally starting to recede as the rains stopped.
"I can't go back if I wanted to", the 66-year-old retired Self-Defence serviceman said, holding a bird cage, in which the birds chirped as he spoke.
In the Mabi district of Kurashiki, the water left behind a fine yellow silt that has transformed the area into moonscape.
A damaged vehicle is seen in floodwater on July 10, 2018 in Kurashiki, Japan. Convenience stores are open shorter hours, and dozens of outlets of major chains such as Family Mart, 7-Eleven and Lawson were closed due to delayed deliveries, supply shortages or flooding in Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime.
At one point during the flooding, evacuation orders were given for almost 6 million people across 19 prefectures.
Policemen conduct a search operation for missing people in Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture.
"I'm really grateful to the rescuers", said Shigeyuki Asano, a 79-year-old patient who spent a night without electricity or water. But for now, the government is focusing on working closely with local counterparts in an effort to save lives.
Two million people have been ordered to evacuate.
At the moment a team of 54,000 rescuers composed of members of the military, police and fire departments has been dispatched across the west and southwest of Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who cancelled a scheduled overseas trip to deal with the rescue effort, visited Kurashiki on Thursday, and said he aimed to visit other flood-damaged areas on Friday and over the weekend.
The assessment of casualties has been hard because of the widespread area affected. The Japan Meteorological Agency has reported that one area of the Kochi prefecture experienced a staggering 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches) of precipitation in just three hours, almost as much as the average amount for the entire month of July (32.8 centimeters or 12.9 inches), typically southwestern Japan's second wettest month after June.
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