Death toll from heavy rain in Japan hits 157; many still missing
Jiji -- Jul 11
The death toll from torrential rain that hit mainly western Japan through the weekend reached 157 in 12 prefectures on Tuesday, with 55 remaining missing in six prefectures, authorities said.

Amid temperatures topping 30 degrees Celsius in many afflicted areas, police, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel continued their search and rescue operations.

In Hiroshima Prefecture, the town of Fuchu issued an evacuation order to about 10,000 households with some 25,000 residents after the Enoki River flooded due to sediment and driftwood piling up at a bridge.

In Okayama Prefecture, 18 were newly confirmed dead in the Mabi district of Kurashiki, where a wide area was submerged in water. The death toll in the district came to 46. Most of the victims were older people, but a five-year-old girl was also killed in the disaster.

About 1,100 SDF members and firefighters checked each house whether there was someone there.

西日本を襲った記録的な豪雨で、これまでに158人が死亡し、今も50人以上の安否が分かっていません。被災地では11日も厳しい暑さが予想され、捜索活動にも影響を及ぼしそうです。 10日、多くの犠牲者が確認された岡山県倉敷市真備町では、この夏、最も高い32.8度を観測しました。

News source: Jiji
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