Japan floods: Toll rises to 100, over 60 still unaccounted for in worst-hit Hiroshima

The torrential rain in Japan has caused flash floods and landslides across central and western parts of the country.

FP Staff July 09, 2018 13:42:26 IST
Japan floods: Toll rises to 100, over 60 still unaccounted for in worst-hit Hiroshima
Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

Rescuers were hard at work on Monday searching for the dozens still missing in southwestern Japan after heavy rain. The torrential downpour triggered flash floods and landslides across central and western parts of the country, prompting evacuation orders for more than two million people. AP

Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

At least 100 people were killed or are presumed dead, with more than 60 still unaccounted for, most of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area. AP

Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

Several homes were smashed in the heavy showers, while others were left precariously tilted. Rivers overflowed, turning towns into lakes and leaving dozens of people stranded on rooftops. The floodwaters were so powerful that they stripped layers from the walls of homes, leaving the ground floor virtually unrecognisable. AP

Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

Elderly people from a nursing home take shelter after heavy rain in Soja in Okayama prefecture, western Japan. AP

Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

Authorities warned of landslides even after the rain subsides, as the calamity had shaped up to be potentially the worst in decades. AP

Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

Rescuers conduct a search operation for missing persons in Kumano town in West Japan's Hiroshima prefecture. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that 87 people were confirmed dead and 13 were without vital signs when they were found. AP

Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

A landslide derailed a train after heavy rain in Karastu, Southwestern Japan. Reuters

Japan floods Toll rises to 100 over 60 still unaccounted for in worsthit Hiroshima

The Japanese government set up an emergency task force over the weekend and has sent troops, firefighters, police and other disaster relief. People have also taken to social media to plead for help. Reuters

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