Abe visits flood-hit western Japan as deaths reach 176
Jul 12, 2018, 21:41
The restoration of roads has allowed more rescue teams to reach disaster-affected areas, resulting in the detection of a greater number of the dead and missing in Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures.
The flooding became severe as much of the rainfall occurred over a mountainous region and trickled down to the plains, causing heavy flooding.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said that 122 people have been confirmed dead as of early Tuesday.
Some residents in Hiroshima prefecture said they were caught off guard as the region was not used to torrents of rainfall, which began Friday and worsened through the weekend.
In Kurashiki, the receding floods have left a layer of silt on everything that was underwater. "More than 20 people died in the city after river dikes collapsed, inundating around 4,600 homes".
Evacuation orders and advisories had been issued to about 1.74 million households containing 3.86 million people in 17 prefectures as of 5 a.m. Monday.
The intensifying heat was expected to trigger thunderstorms on Wednesday, with authorities warning new landslides could be set off on mountainsides saturated with water.
The government is also focusing on restoring the roads and the water supply.
Thousands of homes were still without clean water and electricity.
"I'm anxious there could be a significant impact on production, consumption and tourism", Toshiro Miyashita, Bank of Japan's Fukuoka branch manager, who oversees the Kyushu region, told a news conference. "I'm so sad I lost many books, I can never find them anymore".
A Japan Self-Defense Forces soldier collects commemorative photos from debris at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan July 11, 2018.
A couple was found dead in a farmhouse buried in a mudslide in Kagoshima prefecture Monday, while earlier a woman who was reported as missing after getting trapped in her vehicle was found dead, Kyodo news service reported.
President Cyril Ramaphosa sent a message of condolences to the people of Japan on Sunday and said that the thoughts of the South African people are with the people of Japan during this hard time.
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