More than a Hundred Dead in Japan due to Severe Weather. The death toll in Japan as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding continues to rise. 112 people have died, and 79 people are missing.
Due to the torrential rain, parts of the country are flooded. In some places, since Thursday, when it started to rain, three times as much rainfall as on average throughout July.
Also, parts of the country are affected by landslides. Thousands of people are forced to camp in shelters. Especially the region around the city of Hiroshima seems to be struck by the extreme weather. Only 39 people died there.
On television images, you can see how a landslide has destroyed homes. Certainly 54,000 rescue workers, including soldiers and police officers, try to evacuate people with the help of boats and helicopters.
Hundreds of thousands of properties are without water, and the power was off at 13,000 households. Several companies also had to close all or part of their factories because of the problems with the water supply. Members of the staff also have difficulty in getting to work.
“We can no longer take a bath, the toilet is not working, and the food is running out,” says 23-year-old Yumeko Matsui from the city of Mihara. “Bottles with water and tea are sold out.”