Death Toll Exceeds 110 After Record Rainfall In Japan flood

Western Japan rescuers dug through mud and rubble on Monday, to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed floods and landslides that took more than 100 people lives, with dozens missing.
Prime minister Shinzo Abe cancelled an overseas trip because of the disaster, a ruling party source said. The trip would have taken him to Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt from Wednesday.
Rain tapered off across the region battered by the downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees, fuelling fears of heatstroke in areas cut off from power or water.
The Japan rescuers prepare to search for missing person at the site of a landslide in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, on Monday.
Rescuers prepare to search for missing person at the site of a landslide in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, on Monday.
“Bottled water and bottled tea are all gone from convenience stores and other shops,” the 23-year-old nursery school worker said at an emergency water supply station.
Over 13,000 customers had no light, power companies said on Monday, while hundreds of thousands had no water.
The death toll reached at least 110 after floodwaters forced several million from their homes, NHK public television said, the worst flood disaster since 117 people were killed in heavy rains in 1983.
Residents try to upright a vehicle stuck in a flood hit area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on Monday.
Residents try to upright a vehicle stuck in a flood hit area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on Monday.

79 people missing
A nine-year-old boy was among the dead.
“He always used to come to our house to play games and things,” a teenaged neighbour told NHK. “It’s very sad.”
Another 79 people were missing, NHK said.
Though the rain has ended, officials warned against sudden showers and thunderstorms as well as the risk of further landslides on steep mountainsides saturated over the weekend.
Industry operations have also been hit, with Mazda Motor Corp saying it was forced to close its head office in Hiroshima on Monday.
The automaker, which suspended operations at several plants last week, said the halt would continue at two plants until Tuesday because it cannot receive components, although both units were undamaged.
Cars trapped in the mud after floods in Saka, Hiroshima prefecture. Photograph: AFP
Cars trapped in the mud after floods in Saka, Hiroshima prefecture. Photograph: AFP
Daihatsu, which suspended production on Friday at up to four plants, said they would run the second evening shift on Monday.
Electronics maker Panasonic said operations at one plant remained suspended after the first floor was flooded.
Refineries and oil terminals were not affected but blockages in roads leading to one Showa Shell oil terminal in Hiroshima caused gas and diesel shortages nearby.
Shares in some firms fell but losses were modest, with Mazda even gaining as investors bet damage was limited.
“If the rainfall affects supply chains, there will be selling of the affected stocks,” said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. “Otherwise, the impact will be limited.”
Elsewhere, people soldiered through the grim task of recovery.
At one landslide in Hiroshima, shattered piles of lumber marked the sites of former homes, television images showed. Others had been tossed upside down.
“Nobody’s heard from my next door neighbour,” one man told NHK. “I hope they find him soon.”
Water still covered much of the hard-hit city of Kurashiki, despite ebbing floods that opened the route to a hospital where nearly 100 patients and staff were stranded on Sunday.
Thousands flocked to evacuation centres in its Mabi district.
“Nobody has anything to wear. We need shirts, trousers, underwear, socks and even shoes,” its mayor, Kaori Ito, told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Although evacuation orders were scaled back from the weekend, nearly 2 million people still face orders or advice to keep away from homes, fire and disaster officials said.
It was too early to assess the overall impact but it was likely to be limited, The economists said

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