Dead, 81 Missing, More Than 23000 Evacuated Due to Japan Floods

Flooding and landslides have killed at least 50 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan

A helicopter flies over Mabi town which was flooded by the heavy rain in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on Monday.

Asked if he knew he lived in a designated risk area, Kenji Ishii, a 57-year-old resident of Mabi district, said: "I'm afraid I did not know that very well".

A police officer looks into a auto buried in mud during a search operation in the aftermath of heavy rains in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

So why has record rainfall caused at least 100 deaths?

Officials in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, reported Tuesday that many first aid emergency supply resources were left piled up near a bridge in a flooded region, consequently becoming a hindrance for Self-Defense Force personnel.

Almost 13,000 customers had no electricity, power companies said on Monday, while hundreds of thousands had no water.

With temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher predicted for the devastated areas in Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures, attention was turning to preventing heat-stroke among rescue workers and in evacuation centres where thousands of people sought shelter.

"I'm afraid elderly people who were living alone may have failed to escape", said Yamanaka, 53.

Officials and reports say more than 80 people are still unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area.

In the town of Motoyama, about 600km (370 miles) west of the capital Tokyo, 583mm (23in) of rain fell between Friday morning and Saturday morning, Japan's meteorological agency said.

A new evacuation order went out on Tuesday in a part of Hiroshima prefecture, after a river blocked by debris overflowed its banks, affecting 23,000 people.

Search-and-rescue work continues on July 9 in wide areas of western Japan, including Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures, while workers fix railway tracks in Saga Prefecture.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a planned trip to Europe and the Middle East to oversee disaster activities.

In the town of Saka, Eiichi Tsuiki opted to stay in his home, and survived only by moving to the top floor as flood waters rose, washing away cars outside. The government is also focusing on restoring the roads and the water supply.

"[The Philippines] is offering Pinoy soldiers, including engineers and doctors, to help rescue and rehabilitation efforts" of areas hit by flooding and landslides following days of heavy rainfall, Roque quoted Duterte.

The government has set aside 70 billion yen ($631 million) in infrastructure funds to respond to disasters, with 350 billion yen ($3.15 billion) in reserve, Aso said, adding that an extra budget would be considered if needed. The Associated Press reported that 10.4 inches of rain accumulated in its Kochi Prefecture in just three hours and that landslide warnings were issued for the entire island.

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