The South-West of Japan: number of dead after storm rises to 50

Due to the heavy rains in southwestern Japan on Monday, even more people were killed than first thought. The death toll rose to at least 52. More people are sti

The South-West of Japan: number of dead after storm rises to 50

Due to the heavy rains in southwestern Japan on Monday, even more people were killed than first thought. The death toll rose to at least 52. More people are still missing. The chances to find you still alive, are dwindling. The authorities warned of persistently heavy rainfall. This will spread out until Wednesday in the direction of the North-East is increasingly in the center of Japan.

Patrick Welter

a correspondent for Economics and policy in Japan, based in Tokyo.

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The most casualties so far in the Prefecture of Kumamoto, which is already taken since Saturday, from the huge masses of water. But also the neighboring Prefecture of Fukuoka is severely affected. In the Prefecture of Oita in the river Chikugo, is the largest river of the southwestern main island of Kyushu, occurred on the shore and washed away a bridge. More than 1.3 million people on Kyushu were advised to bring in security. The Ministry of health has sent experts to reduce in the temporary shelters, the risk of the Coronavirus to infect,. The government wants to double the number of rescuers to 80,000. The authorities warn that, with falling rain out of danger. It could come at any time to landslides, the houses could seize and destroy it.

Updated Date: 07 July 2020, 11:20

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