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At least 100 dead in Japan after floods and landslides

Since then, 13 more people have died from cardiac arrest, bringing the total number of deaths to 100, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

With emergency warnings about rain raised, the country is now focusing its attention on search and rescue efforts. The police, the fire departments and the army are exploring the affected areas for the dozens of missing or disappeared people.

"We will unite and move quickly to deliver those needs to the victims of the disaster by coordinating closely with the local government," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with the disaster response working group and also noted "the need for future "to improve evacuation centers and temporary housing.

While the authorities search for the disappeared, residents begin cleaning up, wade through flooded houses and streets.

Thousands of houses have been damaged, and even those that remain intact have been impacted. Almost 17,000 homes still do not have electricity and telephone lines are crossed by several prefectures.

The fact that many railroads and roads are closed, too flooded to operate and that many affected areas are out of reach, is an additional problem for repairs. [19659002]

Destroyed homes

The rains started at the end of last week and intensified during the weekend. Rivers overflowed, landslides crushed buildings and cars were washed away by floodwaters.

"Record rainfall in several parts of the country has caused rivers to explode and trigger large-scale floods and landslides in several areas," said Cabinet Secretary Suga said on Sunday.

  People expect to be rescued on the roof of a house in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.

Two million people were forced to flee their homes, advised or ordered by the government to evacuate. Some, unable to leave, took refuge on the rooftops when the floods swallowed entire streets.

In Kurashiki, near Okayama, soldiers were deployed to take the elderly residents of their homes to the boats.

  Soldiers carry an elderly woman floodwater on July 8, 2018 in Kurashiki near Okayama, Japan.

Kazuhiko Ono, owner of a second-hand bookstore in the city of Hiroshima, was not able to return home and shop when the rains came. His wife and children took refuge on the second floor of his house, while the store was filled with water.

"I'm so sad to have lost a lot of books," Ono said. "I can not find them anymore."

The prefectures of Hiroshima and Ehime were some of the most affected, although another nine also suffered a great impact.

  Residents attempt to straighten a vehicle stuck in an area affected by flooding in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture on July 9, 2018.

Images of Kuyashiki, a city on the south coast of Okayama prefecture, show cars overturned or buried in mud.

The Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that about 364 millimeters (14.3 inches) of rain fell between 5 a. M. one Sunday in the city of Uwajima, approximately 1.5 times the average monthly rainfall in July. In the city of Sukumo in Kochi prefecture, 263 millimeters (10.3 inches) of rain fell in two hours, NHK said.
  Residential buildings are partially submerged in floods caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Suga warned that although rain warnings had been raised, residents should beware of landslides. Those who participate in cleanup efforts should be careful with heat stroke, since the next few days are expected to be warm and clear

About 73,000 people have been mobilized for search and rescue efforts.


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