Japan floods: Dozens killed in deluges and landslides


Helicopters and boats are being used to rescue people still trapped by flooding in areas like Okayama Prefecture, where Kurashiki is located.

Rescuers in Japan are digging through mud and rubble, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 112 people.

The toll, up from 141 previously, is the highest Japan has seen from a flood in more than three decades, UNI reported.

A quarter of flood-prone Mabi district of Kurashiki, sandwiched between two rivers, was inundated after a levee crumbled under the force of the torrent.

Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Shikoku Electric Power Co. said about 3,200 households were without electricity on the morning of July 10.

The rains are the deadliest weather disaster in Japan since two typhoons that hit back-to-back in August and September 2011, killing almost 100 people.

"I'm cleaning out the edges here on the road, because the heavy machinery can't pick up dirt from the curb because it'll get stuck", he said.

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the government would start dispatching the Disaster Health Emergency Assistance Team (DHEAT) from Thursday at the request of the Okayama prefectural government to support hygiene control at evacuation centers.

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(AAP) A truck dangles precariously from an incline in Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will meet evacuees at on Wednesday at one of the areas worst-hit by record rains as the death toll rose to 179 and thousands remained stranded in shelters.

Fumiko Inokuchi, 61, was inside her home, sorting through the damage caused by floods that submerged the entire first floor. At one point during the flooding, evacuation orders were given for almost 6 million people across 19 prefectures.

"It will be over 35 Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas".

The maps of mandatory evacuation areas indicate that an estimated 2 million people have been displaced from their homes, though it remains unclear how many of these structures will still be standing when citizens are able to return.

Hiroshima prefecture has been severely affected by rains.

"[The Philippines] is offering Pinoy soldiers, including engineers and doctors, to help rescue and rehabilitation efforts" of areas hit by flooding and landslides following days of heavy rainfall, Roque quoted Duterte.

The Government has set aside 70 billion yen ($845 million) in infrastructure funds to respond to disasters, with 350 billion yen ($4.22 billion) in reserve, Mr Aso said, adding that an extra budget would be considered if needed. Government officials are warning people in affected areas they are at risk for landslides, flooding, wind gusts and other extreme weather conditions.