Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Severe Rain, Flooding Leave 38 Dead, Scores Missing in Japan

Severe Rain, Flooding Leave 38 Dead, Scores Missing in Japan

"It was such a sudden disaster, I just can not come to grips with it", the principal said.

He added: "Please do not hesitate to let us know if Singapore can be of assistance to the ongoing relief efforts".

Search-and-rescue operations are under way in affected areas, involving a total of some 48,000 police officers, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel, according to the top government spokesman.

At least 70 people have died and dozens others remain missing on Sunday after torrential rains triggered massive flooding and landslides in western Japan.

People wait to be rescued on the roof of a house in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture. As damage in affected areas is unfolding, the number of casualties is expected to rise as many landslides were not immediately confirmed by local authorities.

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

The western Hiroshima prefecture was hit the hardest by landslides, which claimed 37 lives, while 21 people died in Ehime, NHK reported.

"It's very painful", said one elderly man watching nearby.

The government set up a liaison unit in the crisis management center of the prime minister's office to gather information.

Thai boys soccer team may have to dive to escape cave, floods
Doctors say the boys could survive for days without food, but much would depend on whether they found water clean enough to drink. The system of passageway of the cave to the team is complicated and hard for divers to navigate, making extraction challenging .

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of a "race against time" to rescue flood victims, some of whom have resorted to tweeting desperate messages seeking help from emergency services.

The heavy rainfall of the past several days has been brought by an active seasonal rain front.

Automakers including Mazda Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co suspended operations at several plants on Saturday due to a shortage of parts or risky conditions.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, 17 railroad operators were suspending services on 56 routes in western Japan or elsewhere.

"I've lived here for 40 years". Evacuation orders or advisories were issued to more than 910,000 people, the prefecture said in a statement.

Flooding and landslides are hampering rescue operations. The front then remained in one place for an unusually long time‚ the JMA said.

"I don't even know where to start cleaning. I don't know what is where".

Masanori Hiramoto, a 68-year-old farmer, didn't bother observing the Japanese custom of removing his shoes when he entered his ravaged home, the woven tatami mat floors carpeted with mud.

Several dozen Mihara residents ventured down from shelters on Sunday to inspect the damage to their homes in the Hongo district of the city, where many locals are rice farmers.

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