Published: Вт, Июля 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Japan rescuers search house to house as flood toll hits 141

Japan rescuers search house to house as flood toll hits 141

During a meeting of the government's crisis response unit in Tokyo on Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to swiftly provide emergency relief by dipping into reserve funds and bypassing requests from local governments.

Flood warnings are still in effect for some of the worst hit areas, including Okayama prefecture.

In Hiroshima, 12 people were caught up in landslides in the residential areas of Kawasumi in Kumano-cho section of Hiroshima.

A damaged vehicle is seen stuck in the mud in a flood-hit area in Mabi, in Japan's Okayama prefecture, on Tuesday.

"I am most grateful to rescuers", said 79-year-old Shigeyuki Asano, a patient who spent a night without electricity or water.

Emergency service workers pass a damaged road following a landslide, on July 10, 2018 in Yanohigashi near Hiroshima, Japan.

Rescuers are combing through mud-covered hillsides and near riverbanks to look for dozens still missing after heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan, where the death toll has risen to 122.

"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. "There are still many people whose safety has yet to be confirmed".

The severe rain caused rivers to overflow, in some cases covering whole towns.

Читайте также: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce six godparents for Prince Louis

The landslides and flooding across much of western Japan have killed at least 155 people, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. In all, eight prefectures have been affected, including Kyoto and Hiroshima.

'Around 1,000 people were seeking rescue by Sunday morning, but we don't yet have a complete picture of the disaster, which is enormous, ' Mutsunari Imawaka, a spokesman for the prefecture's disaster management office, said.

But this rainfront has been unprecedented: record rainfall was recorded in the 72 hours to Sunday at 118 government observation points across the affected area, the weather agency told AFP.

Japan monitors weather conditions and issues warnings early, but its dense population means every bit of usable land is built on in the mostly mountainous country, leaving it prone to disasters.

These include Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures, where 44, 36 and 25 people have died respectively.

Since the downpours started Thursday, evacuations had been ordered for up to 5.9 million people in 19 prefectures, according to The Japan Times, but this has been scaled back to 2 million since the weekend.

Even with the break in rain, officials warned of the possibility of sudden showers, as well as new landslides in the wettest areas.

In Okayama, brown water engulfed residential areas with people fleeing to rooftops and balconies, to signal rescue helicopters.

Local government officials said pumping trucks were being deployed to help restore access to some of the worst-hit areas in the area, and with the rains stopped, water was starting to recede.

При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
«» 2007 - 2018 Copyright.
Автоматизированное извлечение информации сайта запрещено.

Код для вставки в блог

Like this: