Japan floods: Death Toll Climbs to 94

10 July, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Japan flooding: Dozens dead as torrential rain triggers landslides

Later, as he walked around to inspect his neighbourhood, he saw many houses with the doors wide open, suggesting that residents had evacuated in a panic, he said.

The toll in days of devastating rains in Japan has risen to 100, the government's top spokesman said Monday, as search-and-rescue operations continued. Rivers overflowed, turning towns into lakes, leaving dozens of people stranded on rooftops.

"We've never experienced this kind of rain before", a weather official said. "This is a situation of extreme danger". In Kita Kyushu city, a 68-year-old man was killed in a landslide.

"All I have is what I'm wearing", a rescued woman clutching a toy poodle told NHK television.

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"We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government", said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting with the disaster response task force, also noting "the future need" to improve evacuation centers and temporary housing.

As of Monday morning, the health ministry said the water supply to more than 13,600 households remained cutoff and 267,000 households were still without electricity.

With emergency rain warnings lifted, the country is now turning its focus to search and rescue efforts.

Evacuation orders are in place for almost 2 million people, with 276,000 households without water and TV footage showing supermarkets with bare shelves in many affected regions.

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The rains since July 5, especially in the western prefecture of Hiroshima and the southwestern prefecture of Ehime, caused floods and landslides that destroyed thousands of houses and completely cut off several towns, reports Efe news.

M - almost 80 people are believed to be dead in Japan after three days of torrential rain made rivers burst their banks, Al Jazeera reported. The front then remained in one place for an unusually long time, the JMA said. The company is based in Osaka and many of its stores are in western Japan. But the Shinkansen bullet trains were still operating Sunday.

Automaker Mazda Motor Corp. and Daihatsu Motor Co., have also suspended their operations in factories in Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi, keeping in mind the safety of the employees. They were set to decide later on Sunday on plans for the coming week. A decision about next week would be made on Monday.

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