Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Dozens Still Missing In Japan Floods As Death Toll Reaches 176

Rescue workers look at a damaged house in Hiroshima Japan after heavy rains and flooding on July 8 Rescue workers look at a damaged house in Hiroshima Japan after heavy rains and flooding on July 8
Bennie Garza | 13 July, 2018, 17:04

Reuters reports, "Emergency warnings for severe rain in 11 prefectures - the most since a new warning system was introduced in 2013 - had been lifted by evening, but advisories for heavy rain and landslides remained in effect in many areas".

In addition to the water outage, people in afflicted areas were plagued with severely hot weather.

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.

Torrential rain that struck western Japan a week ago caused floods and landslides, killing 200 people, many in communities that have existed for decades on mountain slopes and flood plains largely untroubled by storms.

"We can not take baths, the toilet doesn't work and our food stockpile is running low", said Yumeko Matsui, whose home has been without water since Saturday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 50 people were still listed as unaccounted for, the newspaper said.

"We are keeping up our search-and-rescue work", said Mutsunari Imawaka, an official with Okayama prefecture, adding that over 1,000 people were involved in the effort in the one part of Kurashiki alone.

"I can't go back if I wanted to", the 66-year-old retired Self-Defense serviceman said, holding a bird cage in which the birds chirped.

Construction worker Fukuyoshi Doi volunteering to get that done, and supervised other volunteers who gathered to help.

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

About a dozen of Tanimoto's neighbors were found dead at the apartment complex after floods hit the area. Thousands of homes were without clean water and electricity in the city of Hiroshima and other hard-hit areas. "We're still cleaning up".

Japan took stock on Monday (July 9) of the damage from the country's worst flood disaster since 1983, as the death roll rises.

To support efforts to maintain public health, the government's Disaster Health Emergency Assistance Team started working in Kurashiki, also in the prefecture, in its first mission since its inception in March.

And even with the rains over, the risk of flooding remained, with the town of Fuchu in Hiroshima issuing a new evacuation order as a local river burst its banks.

In the town of Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture, a 63-year-old man was buried alive in his house due to landslides.

The assessment of casualties has been hard because of the widespread area affected.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), an active seasonal rain front caused torrential rain in most eastern and western regions of Japan since last Thursday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who canceled his trip to Europe and the Middle East to attend to the disaster, told a meeting of the government's crisis response unit that reserve funds would be made available before requests came in from local governments.

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