Dozens Still Missing In Japan Floods As Death Toll Reaches 176

Dozens Still Missing In Japan Floods As Death Toll Reaches 176

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

He said the government would also send medicines to Japan.

As night fell, rescuers continued searches, "but we still don't know if we will carry out the operation around the clock", said Akiko Harada, a spokeswoman at the disaster management section of the city of Hiroshima, where 14 people were still unaccounted for.

Pictures of Leaf, a pet at an old people's home in the town of Kurashiki in Okayama, had captured hearts around the country.

Almost 2 million people have been asked to evacuate the affected areas.

Even as the rains let up, authorities warned the downpours had loosened earth on hillsides and mountain slopes creating new risks.

Some 276,000 households now lack water supply, Kyodo news agency reported.

Emergency service workers pass a damaged road following a landslide, on July 10, 2018 in Yanohigashi near Hiroshima, Japan.

The automaker, which suspended operations at several plants last week, said the halt would continue at two plants until Tuesday because it can not receive components, although both units were undamaged.

At least 119 people are dead from flooding and landslides, with tens of thousands still missing and search and rescue operations now underway, the Japan Times reported.

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As the rains finally began to ease, the government said several dozen more people remain missing.

"We urge residents to remain cautious about possible landslides", a weather agency official told AFP. "More than 20 people died in the city after river dikes collapsed, inundating around 4,600 homes".

More than 70,000 rescue workers, including the fire service and the army, are now involved in relief efforts.

"We had evacuation orders before and nothing happened, so I just thought this was going to be the same", said Kenji Ishii, 57, who ignored an order and stayed in his home with his wife and son.

European Union chief Donald Tusk has suggested moving the postponed summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Tokyo next week.

"The area became an ocean", 82-year-old resident Nobue Kakumoto told AFP Sunday, surveying the scene. A lot of them were rescued by boat or helicopter.

People are rescued by volunteers and Ground Self-Defense Force members.

The heavy rains triggered massive landslides in some areas: "There have been massive flooding and landslides", government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. The government mobilised 75,000 troops and emergency workers and almost 80 helicopters for the search and rescue effort, Suga said. Critical infrastructure has been hit, including railway tracks. "This is a situation of extreme danger".

The Times reports over 1,000 people in Okayama found themselves trapped on rooftops after the Oda River burst, with many rescued by helicopter or boat.

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