100+ killed as torrential rains continue in west Japan

100+ killed as torrential rains continue in west Japan

100+ killed as torrential rains continue in west Japan

In Hiroshima prefecture, at least 42 people died in accidents caused by the heavy downpour and another three were seriously injured. Floodwaters had started rising so fast that the elderly couple was caught by surprise.

Tusk said that the "EU will help in any way we can".

Auto manufacturers Mitsubishi and Mazda were forced to halt production at some factories because they could not get parts or did not want to force employees to travel to work in unsafe conditions, Kyodo reported.

As of Monday morning, they said that 23,000 people were still staying at emergency evacuation shelters, with blazing heat now compounding the problem.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture. In Sukumo City in Kochi prefecture, 263 millimeters (10.3 inches) of rain fell in two hours, NHK said.

With emergency rain warnings lifted, the country is now turning its focus to search and rescue efforts. But he was shocked and helpless when he saw his restaurant, which he opened almost 40 years ago, filled with mud heaped about 1 meter (yards) above the floor and windows smashed.

The number of casualties is expected to rise as damage in affected areas unfolds.

Authorities warn landslides can strike even after rain subsides as the calamity is shaping up to be potentially the worst in decades.

"We urge residents to remain cautious about possible landslides", a weather agency official told AFP.

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Some homes were smashed, while others were tilting precariously.

The rain set off landslides and flooded rivers, trapping many people in their houses or on rooftops. Military paddle boats and helicopters brought people to the ground.

In large parts of Hiroshima, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees and mud over the weekend.

Apart from this, around thousands of people have been displaced after their homes were destroyed in the natural calamity, reported the Japan Times.

Japan's National Police Agency has sent additional patrol units to western parts of Japan to protect property left empty by flooding.

"There are many cases of disconnected water supply", he said, adding that officials were trying to provide relief so people would have access to drinking and bath water.

"The area became an ocean", said 82-year-old Nobue Kakumoto, a long-time resident. "In front of our house had become a river, and was making a huge noise", he said.

Japan's Prime Mnister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the Cotroceni presidential palace, in Bucharest January 16, 2018. "The rescue teams are doing their utmost", he said.

According to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the record rain had caused land disasters such as landslides at 201 locations in 28 of Japan's 47 prefectures. A nine-year-old boy was among the dead.

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