Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

134 confirmed dead as Japan searches for missing

134 confirmed dead as Japan searches for missing

A July 9 telegram expressed Pope Francis' solidarity with those affected by the tragedy and noted his prayers, "especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured and the consolation of all those who grieve". According to the city, there are around 4,600 flooded houses, while evacuees from the entire district are estimated to be between 3,000 and 5,000.

At least 255,000 households remain without water as of Tuesday evening, NHK said. Kyodo reported that 13 railroad operators were suspending services on 37 routes in western Japan and elsewhere on Monday.

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At least 80 people have died in torrential rains that pummeled wide areas of western Japan.

"Since a lot of people are still unaccounted for, we are carrying out rescue operations under a policy that saving lives is the top priority", Suga told reporters.

"We've never experienced this kind of rain before", a weather official told the BBC.

People fled to rooftops and balconies in the city of Kurashiki, at the mouth of the Takahashi River, about 670 kilometers (415 miles) from Tokyo.

They were rescued hours later, and returned to the town on Monday, where Ogawa found his telephone, filled with calls from concerned relatives and friends.

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Nearly 2 million people were still subject to evacuation orders early this week, while tens of thousands of rescue workers braved the muddy waters to find people trapped in their homes.

Earlier today, the Self-Defense Force ferried seven oil trucks from Hiroshima to Kure, a major industrial city whose 226,000 residents were cut off from the rest of the prefecture due to the disaster.

The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has written to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offering U.N. support to help deal with severe flooding and landslides.

This time, five people who are qualified under the DHEAT system, including doctors and public health nurses from a team in Nagasaki Prefecture, have been dispatched to Kurashiki.

Japan mobilized tens of thousands of army troops, police and firefighters to undertake rescue efforts.

"The critical 72 hours have passed", acknowledged Mutsunari Imawaka, an official with Okayama prefecture, one of the worst-hit regions.

"We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government", Abe said. The Japan Meteorological Agency has reported that one area of the Kochi prefecture experienced a staggering 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches) of precipitation in just three hours, almost as much as the average amount for the entire month of July (32.8 centimeters or 12.9 inches), typically southwestern Japan's second wettest month after June.

And authorities warned against the ongoing risk of landslides, with rain forecast in some areas on Thursday, as well as heatstroke in other places where temperatures approached 35 degrees celsius.

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