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Death toll mounts to 100 as Japan receives record rainfall

Severe rainfall leaves dozens dead in Japan At Least 88 Dead as Heavy Rainfall Hits Japan
Jeannette Daniel | 12 July, 2018, 19:11

After their desperate run from floods that had hit the apartment complex where about a dozen of his neighbours were found dead, he returned to his place on Monday to check on his apartment, which was nearly intact. "Electricity is out, water is cut off and there is no information there".

In the Mabi district of Kurashiki, the water left behind a fine yellow silt that has transformed the area into moonscape.

Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 114 people, with dozens missing.

Disaster-prone Japan, often hit by earthquakes and typhoons, is known for its emergency preparedness. At Tanimoto's apartment complex, about a dozen victims have been found.

Many people in regions affected by the disaster told AFP that the rains were unlike anything they had seen before.

Many areas were buried deep in mud that smelled like sewage and had hardened in the heat, making the search more hard.

Debris fills a small village following heavy rains Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Kuchita-Minami, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima, Japan.

A man stands next to a flooded residential area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture. Regional supermarket chains such as Every Co said one outlet is closed and several other outlets shortened service hours due to delivery delays and supply shortage.

On Wednesday, residents lined up for water under a scorching sun as temperatures rose to 35 Celsius, raising the risk of heat stroke.

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People affected by the recent flooding rest at a makeshift shelter in Mabi, Okayama prefecture, Japan, July 11, 2018.

"We can not take baths, the toilet doesn't work and our food stockpile is running low", said Yumeko Matsui, whose home in the city of Mihara has been without water since Saturday.

Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 141 lives in one of Japan's worst weather-related disasters for decades.

"Physically weak people may have been late in getting out when it suddenly started raining hard, swamping the area", he told AFP.

Amid continuing severely hot weather in the rain-struck areas, the number of households that still had no running water came to 206,868 in Hiroshima Prefecture, 21,610 in Ehime Prefecture and 9,609 in Okayama Prefecture, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

"Bottled water and bottled tea are all gone from convenience stores and other shops", the 23-year-old nursery school worker said at an emergency water supply station. (AAP) A truck dangles precariously from an incline in Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said 73,000 police, firemen and troops were taking part in the rescue effort, with 700 helicopters deployed to help. "We've never experienced this kind of rain before", an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) told media.

TOKYO-More than 7,000 people were still in evacuation shelters and many more were struggling with basic needs Thursday after severe flooding and landslides last week in western Japan that caused at least 200 deaths.

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