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Desperate rescue efforts as Japan rains toll hits 75

Severe rainfall leaves dozens dead in Japan At Least 88 Dead as Heavy Rainfall Hits Japan
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 04:56

Officials and reports say more than 80 people are still unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area.

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

Abe ducked in front of an elderly woman sitting on the floor, and pledged that his government will do utmost to bring back her ordinary life as soon as possible.

Authorities have also taken to social media to warn residents as health worries increased amid scorching heat and the threat of new floods.

This handout picture taken on July 9, 2018 by the NGO Peace Winds Japan shows a miniature horse stranded on a rooftop due to the recent flooding in the Mabicho area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, Japan.Emergency service workers arrive to search for people following a landslide, July 10, 2018, in Yanohigashi near Hiroshima, Japan.

Torrential rains unleashed floods and set off landslides in western Japan last week, killing at least 176 people, forcing millions to evacuate and leaving dozens missing in the country's worst weather disaster in 36 years.

"Based on the policy of saving lives as a top priority, we are conducting search and rescue operations for affected people, while working with full force to restore roads and water supply", Suga stressed at the press conference. "We are cut off from the road and we can't go anywhere by vehicle", Hyuga said.

Construction worker Fukuyoshi Doi, who is leading a group of volunteers who had gathered to help clear the road, said once they clear the mud "the rest of the work would pick".

"I got married here, and we built this house two years afterwards".

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Record-setting rainfall caused severe flooding and landslides, toppling and burying homes across a wide area.

Operations to discharge water are underway at an submerged housing area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture in Japan. Some 11,200 households had no electricity, power companies said on Monday, while hundreds of thousands had no water.

Suga said the government set up a taskforce and was spending $26 million to hasten deliveries of supplies and other support for evacuation centers and residents in the region.

Mr Abe cancelled a four-stop foreign trip due this week as the death toll in the disaster rose.

"There are concerns that further damage may occur through, for example, the loosening of the ground in various locations because of the extended period of rain", Abe said.

A helicopter flies over Mabi town which was flooded by the heavy rain in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on Monday.

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".

Rescuers cut driftwood to remove it from a residential area after flooding caused by heavy rains in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan on Thursday.