Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

More than 7,000 people still in shelters after deadly flooding in Japan

More than 7,000 people still in shelters after deadly flooding in Japan

Officials said the overall economic impact was not clear, but that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled an overseas trip to deal with the disaster. Wire services reported the death toll to be the highest in a Japanese weather-related disaster since two typhoons struck in August and September 2011, killing almost 100 people.

According to the Times, "About 1,000 rescuers continued to search in flooded areas of the city of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, for people trapped in their homes".

Abe is scheduled to visit Okayama prefecture on Wednesday to inspect the damage and assess the evacuees' needs.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), an active seasonal rain front caused torrential rain in most eastern and western regions of Japan since last Thursday. "Senators, I thought you'd care more for your people", another added.

One family sleeping there has had to send their young daughter away to live with relatives, after she became so distressed by the evacuation that she stopped eating. "I felt helpless", she said, retrieving a photo of her children playing baseball. "It hurts that our memories are gone".

"I had never seen anything like this", he said on TBS television, standing outside his restaurant in Hiroshima city while wearing a helmet.

Crushed cars and fallen trees moved by work crews to either side of one main street formed piles of debris lining the road.

By Sunday morning, high level alerts had been lifted for some affected areas as the rain began to ease.

Landslide warnings were issued in more than a quarter of Japan's prefectures.

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.

"We had fled to the second floor but then the water rose more, so we went to the third".

"We want to demonstrate what we have been training for as a center for summarizing and resolving problems such as food poisoning at evacuation centers and secondary damage accompanying prolonged evacuation", said doctor Yoko So, who leads the team of public health experts.

A Hiroshima resident, Seiji Toda, took precautions because of his memories of flooding four years ago that killed more than 70 people in Hiroshima.

And with many people stuck in modestly equipped shelters with few possessions, or living in damaged homes with no running water or electricity, the rising temperatures posed a new problem, authorities said.

But with around 60 people still feared missing, local authorities said they would continue searching house by house looking for survivors, or victims.

"We have to prioritize (which train services) can resume, according to their importance", a JR West official said. But almost a week after the rains first began, hopes that missing people could still be alive have dwindled.

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