More than 100 dead after heavy rain in Japan
DATE 18-07-09 09:03
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Thousands of houses have been damaged due to heavy rain in Japan

Rescue missions have begun in the western Japan on Monday after days of debilitating heavy rain in the region.


Starting last Thursday, Japan had received record-breaking amount of precipitation, causing floods and landslides in the town of Motoyama and Hiroshima.


The Japanese government ordered an evacuation of two million people from the affected region after three days of rain made rivers overflow.


The Japan Timesreported that the death toll from the heavy rain reached 126 as of late Monday, and 86 people are still reported missing. The death toll is expected to rise according to officials.


According to the NHK World – Japan, more than 10 inches of rain fell in between two hours in the city of Uwajima and in Sukumo City in Kochi prefecture; 14.3 inches of rain in Uwajima, 10.3 inches of rain in Sukomo City.


In the town of Motoyama, located in the Shikoku Island, up to 23 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period.


Tens of thousands of homes and buildings, including the head office of Mazda Motor, have been damaged and major electricity supplies have been disabled.


“Thousands of houses have been damaged, and even the ones that stand intact have been impacted,” CNNreported, “nearly 17,000 households are still without power and phone lines are down across multiple prefectures.”


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his trip to Europe and Middle East due to the country’s worst flood disaster since 1983. Abe addressed the magnitude of the damage and announced a plan to implement more temporary housing and evacuation centers. “We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government,” said Abe, “there are still many people missing and others in need of help.” On Sunday, Abe has increased the number of rescuers and disaster relief crew members to about 73,000.


While the heavy rain has ended, the warnings are still in effect for majority of the affected areas. “Residents should still watch for landslides,” said Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary of Japan. <Alex Kim>

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