Japan Floods: At Least 122 Killed by Deadliest in 35 Years Heavy Rain and Landslides – Death Toll Continues to Grow (VIDEO) – UPD

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Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides are facing extreme danger as more landslides are expected, officials warn. 

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UPDATED July 10th:

  • According to the latest reports, floods and landslides killed at least 122 people in the southwest, officials said Tuesday.
  • At least 27 people are missing, said the nation’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency. With emergency rain warnings lifted, the country is turning its focus to search and rescue efforts.
  • Thousands of houses have been damaged. Nearly 17,000 households are still without power, and phone lines are down across multiple prefectures.

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Source:  AFP/The Yomiuri Shimbun

  • Further complicating repair efforts is the fact that many railroads and highways are closed, too flooded to operate, placing many affected areas out of reach.
  • Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs pledged in a statement to donate NT$6 million (US$197,612) to Japan, in order to help in recovering.

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Source: AP

Deadliest rains in 35 years

As many as 105 people in 13 prefectures were dead and 87 others were missing as of 12:30 p.m. on July 9 due to mudslides and floods caused by torrential rains in a wide area of western Japan, according to local authorities.

Rescue workers continue efforts to locate people whose whereabouts are unknown, while at least some 23,000 people had evacuated due to heavy downpours and related natural disasters as of the night of July 8.

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“There are still many people missing and others in need of help,” the prime minister told reporters on Sunday. Since Thursday parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July, setting off floods and landslides.

Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture. In the town of Motoyama, on Shikoku island, 583mm (23in) of rain fell between Friday morning and Saturday morning.

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Source: AP

Further rain warnings are in effect, with more than 250mm (10 in) predicted to fall in some areas by Monday.

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Source: Getty Images

An official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency told a news conference: “This is a situation of extreme danger.”

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Source: AP

Emergency and weather officials warn of the possibility of additional damage caused by flooding and mudslides, although all emergency warnings issued from July 6 through 8 in 11 prefectures by the Japan Meteorological Agency alerting the significant likelihood of catastrophic disasters had been lifted as of the night of July 8.

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Source: Getty Images

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, it is the first time in 35 years in Japan that more than 100 people have been killed by torrential rains over such a short period of time. In July 1983, 112 people were killed following heavy downpours in Shimane and other prefectures.


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