Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Torrential Rains Claim Nearly 100 Lives In Japan

Torrential Rains Claim Nearly 100 Lives In Japan

(Reuters/Issei Kato) A truck stranded by floods on July 9.

In the city of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture, Teruo Sasai, whose house, along with almost a dozen others in his neighborhood, was flooded out, and described the destruction "unbelievable".

This picture shows an aerial view of flooded houses and a railway track (C) in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 8, 2018. "The disaster happened so suddenly, I am struggling to come to terms with it", the school's principal said.

A city official said 170 patients and workers had been evacuated from the hospital and another 130 people, including 70 patients, were waiting to be rescued. At least 67 people were reported dead in Hiroshima, according to the national broadcaster, NHK.

The toll in days of devastating rains in southwestern Japan has risen to 100, the government's top spokesman said Monday, as search-and-rescue operations continued.

The disaster is the deadliest rain-related crisis in Japan since 2014, when at least 74 people were killed in landslides caused by torrential downpours in the Hiroshima region.

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A new evacuation was ordered Tuesday for the town of Fuchu, after the Enoki River overflowed the previous day, the newspaper said.

"We've never experienced this kind of rain before", a weather official said.

"We are cut off from the road and we can't go anywhere by vehicle", Hyuga told AP news agency.

It is not clear how she got there but after rescue workers fed her carrots and cabbages to calm her, she came down from the roof without serious injury, the Japan Times reports. At a major supermarket in town, employees sold bottled water and tea, cups of noodles and other preserved foods that survived the floods, while employees cleaned damaged merchandise, throwing items into dozens of plastic bags.

Japan's government set up an emergency management center at the prime minister's office and some 54,000 rescuers from the military, police and fire departments were dispatched across a wide swath of southwestern and western Japan.

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Many severe warnings have been lifted as the rains ease, aiding rescue efforts.

During peak rainfall over the weekend, evacuation orders applied to 5 million residents.

The town of Fukuyama in Hiroshima prefecture issued an evacuation order over fears that a small lake could burst its banks.

Rescuers searched for survivors in flooded areas and landslides after several days of heavy rain. The front then remained in one place for an unusually long time, the JMA said.

Emergency service workers pass a damaged road following a landslide, on July 10, 2018 in Yanohigashi near Hiroshima, Japan. Manufacturers Mazda and Daihatsu said they had suspended work at plants in three prefectures.

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