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At least 68 dead in floods, landslides

13 July, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Severe rainfall leaves dozens dead in Japan

About 300 people spent the night at the Okada Elementary School in Okayama prefecture, with many of them sleeping on blue mats in the school's gym.

Squatting to talk to an elderly woman sitting on the floor, he pledged to her that his Government will do its utmost to bring her ordinary life back as soon as possible.

Kiyohiro Horibe, 68, one of around 40 people taking shelter at a public health center in the city of Higashihiroshima, said he had been staying there for four days with the prospect of returning home uncertain amid the risk of further landslides.

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.

Floods and landslides triggered by days of rain in Japan have killed at least 114 people, Reuters reports.

"We are cut off from the road and we can't go anywhere by auto", Mr Hyuga said.

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

"We know it's a race against time, we are trying as hard as we can".

The government said 176 people have been confirmed dead after the record-setting rainfall last week caused severe flooding and landslides.

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Government officials have also warned people to remain on guard against the possibility of fresh landslides, with the torrential rain loosening earth on hillsides around residential areas.

Yoshihide Suga said search operations were continuing after the worst weather-related disaster in Japan in over three decades.

The government has set up a taskforce to speed up deliveries of supplies and other support for evacuation centres and residents in the region, but disrupted roads and other ground transportation have delayed shipment, raising concerns of shortages. Water and electricity supply was also disrupted across large areas, as some 276,000 households suffered outages across 11 prefectures.

Two million people have been ordered to evacuate.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who cancelled a foreign trip as the death toll rose this week, brushed aside criticism of the response during a trip to Okayama on Wednesday.

Abe visited Okayama on Wednesday to assess the extent of the damage.

Abe then visited the devastated city of Kurashiki and met with the governor of Okayama.

The water has been cut off in these areas mainly due to damage to water pipes and flooded water purification plants as a result of the heavy rains. Huge amounts of dirt, driftwood and water overflowing from rivers are hampering their efforts in many areas.

A man rides a scooter along a flooded road following a landslide, on July 10, 2018 in Yanohigashi near Hiroshima, Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency has reported that one area of the Kochi prefecture experienced a staggering 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches) of precipitation in just three hours, almost as much as the average amount for the entire month of July (32.8 centimeters or 12.9 inches), typically southwestern Japan's second wettest month after June.

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