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Torrential Rain Hammered Parts of Japan - Death Toll Rises to 122
« Reply #300 on: July 10, 2018, 11:47:17 AM »
The number of people who have died in floods and landslides triggered by “historic” levels of torrential rain in Japan has climbed to 122, with dozens of others still missing.

Almost 2 million people were still subject to evacuation orders on Monday, while tens of thousands of rescue workers battled mud, water and rubble to search for survivors stranded in their homes.

At one point about 5 million people were told or advised to evacuate. Some of those who decided to stay home found themselves trapped by rapidly rising water or landslides.

The heaviest rainfall seen in Japan for decades has caused destruction over large parts of the country, particularly in Hiroshima and other parts of the south-west, making it difficult for authorities to assess the damage and the number of casualties.


Cars damaged by floodwater as heavy rain continues in Hiroshima, Japan

The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, cancelled a trip to Europe and the Middle East that was due to start on Wednesday and expanded the search and rescue effort, which involves 73,000 members of the self-defence force, police officers, firefighters and coastguard personnel.

Aided by hundreds of helicopters and paddle boats, rescue workers continued to rescue people from buildings, some of them stranded on rooftops only metres above the waterline.

On Sunday, Abe said efforts to locate those still stranded had turned into a “race against time”.

In one of the most dramatic rescues, patients and staff – some still in their pyjamas – were helped from the balcony of a hospital in the city of Kurashiki on Sunday and rowed to safety on military paddle boats. Officials said 170 patients and staff had been evacuated from the hospital, while NHK later said about 80 people were still stranded.

“I’m really grateful to the rescuers,” said Shigeyuki Asano, a 79-year-old patient who spent a night without electricity or water. “I feel so relieved that I’ve been freed from such a bad-smelling, dark place.”

TV footage from across the affected region showed rivers that had burst their banks, submerged vehicles and houses destroyed by landslides.

The rains are the worst weather-related disaster in Japan since two typhoons struck in quick succession in August and September 2011, killing nearly 100 people. The death toll is higher than that seen in 2014, when more than 70 people died in landslides caused by torrential rain in Hiroshima.


Rescuers search for survivors in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, after torrential rain triggered landslides in western Japan.

Parts of south-western Japan had as much as 10cm per hour of rain, the highest in decades, the meteorological agency said. By Monday morning, the rain had eased off in the worst-affected areas, with soaring temperatures presenting a new health risk to people left without water and electricity.

“We cannot 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.
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Kaori Ito, the mayor of Kurashiki, said thousands of evacuees were in desperate need of clothes. “Nobody has anything to wear. We need shirts, trousers, underwear, socks and even shoes,” Ito told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

More than 30,000 people were staying at emergency shelters on Sunday afternoon, while authorities vowed to quickly rehouse displaced people in private accommodation or public housing.

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Torrential Rain Hammered Parts of Japan - Death Toll Rises to 195
« Reply #301 on: July 12, 2018, 06:36:12 PM »
Landslides and flooding caused by torrential rain in Japan have killed 195 people in what has become one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit the country since the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Some 42 are unaccounted for since the downpour that began late last week and another two are confirmed as missing, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday.

Some 75,000 responders have been deployed to the area for search and rescue operations. Suga warned that thunderstorms and landslides in the coming hours could pose further danger.

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