Japan floods: At least 100 dead in record rainfall

Howard TerryJul 09, 2018

The death toll from record rains that have devastated parts of Japan rose Sunday to at least 57, officials said, as rescue workers and troops struggled in the mud and water to save lives.

CGTN's Toby Muse explains, authorities warn landslides can strike even after the rain subsides.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture.

More than two million people have been told to evacuate, but the orders are not mandatory and many remained at home, becoming trapped by rapidly rising water or sudden landslides.

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.

A total of 8.63 million people in 23 prefectures from the Kyushu to Hokuriku regions have been ordered to evacuate.

On Sunday, the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said efforts to locate those still stranded had turned into a "race against time".

"We are working hard to rescue them as quickly as possible". Landslide warnings were issued in more than a quarter of the nation's prefectures.

Dozens of people have been killed and 2 million forced to flee their homes after record rains pounded southwest Japan, triggering widespread flooding and deadly landslides. The kids could not climb up to the rooftop...

The Japanese government set up an emergency office, designed for crises such as major earthquakes.

Kyodo news service, which put the death tally at 34, said one death was in a landslide in Hiroshima, which had set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in another area.

Rescue workers in Japan were searching Saturday for dozens of people missing after heavy rains inundated western areas, causing mudslides that killed at least 37 people.

Television footage showed bridges and cars washed away by raging rivers and floodwaters, with people perched on the roofs of their homes, surrounded by water and awaiting rescue.

Elderly people are rescued on boat as the city is flooded following heavy rain in Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan. They also advised people wait for disaster professionals before venturing into damaged homes because of the dangers of exposed electric lines and hazardous material. Almost 50,000 members of the military, police and firefighting services were taking part in searches for people trapped, wounded or dead as a result of the floods, reported the Japan Times.

Also in Ehime, two primary schoolgirls and their mother who got sucked into a mudslide were pulled out but could not be revived.

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