Death toll from Japan’s flood, landslides rises to 100
Written by NobleAdmin on July 9, 2018
The rains may has stopped in Japan, but the country is facing a long recovery process after floods and landslides killed at least 87 people in the southwest.
An additional 13 people have since died from cardiac arrests, raising the total death toll to 100, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
With emergency rain warnings lifted, the country is now turning its focus to search and rescue efforts. Police, fire departments and the military are scourcing the affected areas for the dozens of people still missing or unaccounted for.
“We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting with the disaster response task force, also noting “the future need” to improve evacuation centers and temporary housing.
While authorities search for the missing, residents begin the cleanup, wading through flooded houses and streets.
Thousands of houses have been damaged, and even the ones that stand intact have been impacted. Nearly 17,000 households are still without power, and phone lines are down across multiple prefectures.
Further complicating repair efforts is the fact that many railroads and highways are closed, too flooded to operate, placing many affected areas out of reach.