Floods: Many deaths due to storms in Japan

Days rains have led to severe flooding and landslides in Japan. At least 65 people were killed, many are missing.

Floods: Many deaths due to storms in Japan

In Japan, at least 65 people have been killed by severe storms. According to media reports, 45 people are missing. As a result of heavy rainfall that has been continuing since Thursday, flooding and landslides have occurred in many places.

Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said, especially in south of Hiroshima prefecture re were missing. Around 40 helicopters are in use during rescue operations. "The rescue teams do ir best possible," said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But helpers are in race with time.

The authorities called around 3.6 million people in 18 prefectures to leave ir homes, including 1.8 million people in city of Hiroshima. 27 deaths and 21 missing persons were reported re. 19 people died on southwestern main island of Shikoku. According to news agency Kyodo, hundreds of houses were damaged and thousands of helpers were in use.

New disaster warnings on Sunday

The Japanese wear authority warned of furr landslides and floods. Especially in Kyoto and Gifu prefectures re were "unprecedented rainfall". On Sunday, authorities issued new disaster warnings on main islands of Kyūshū and Shikoku.

According to reports, more than two million Japanese people left ir homes because of water masses. Ors had to save mselves on roofs of buildings. The NHK broadcaster showed pictures of overturned cars in Kochi Prefecture of Shikoku, which were on roads full of mud.

In western Okayama Prefecture, around 200 people were trapped in a hospital after a river stepped over shore. A nurse reported NHK that supply of electricity and water was interrupted, re were bottlenecks in supply of food.

Updated Date: 08 July 2018, 12:02

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