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Japan: Death Toll Climbs to 126 After Historic Rain and Floods

Tokyo (July 10, 2018): The number of people who have died in floods and landslides triggered by historic levels of torrential rain in Japan has climbed to 127, with dozens of others still missing.

The heaviest rainfall seen in Japan for decades has caused destruction over large parts of the country, particularly in Hiroshima and other parts of the south-west, with dozens of people still missing.Almost 2 million people were still subject to evacuation orders on Monday, while tens of thousands of rescue workers battled mud, water and rubble to search for survivors stranded in their homes. The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, cancelled his trip to Europe and the Middle East.

Flood warnings are still in effect for some of the worst hit areas, including the Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Japan. But more settled weather is expected over the next few days which is likely to help with rescue efforts.About 270,000 homes were suffering water outage in 12 prefectures as of Monday evening. Roads were also damaged and flooded in many areas and railway services disrupted.

More than 70,000 rescue workers, including the fire service and the army, are involved in the relief effort.According to International media, about 5,100 homes faced blackout in sever prefectures, as of Monday evening. Damaged roads have kept workers from entering affected regions, delaying power recovery in some places. 10 railroad operators were suspending services on 32 routes in western Japan or elsewhere as of Monday evening.The land ministry has confirmed at least 238 landslides in 28 prefectures and flooding at more than 200 locations along rivers managed by the state and local authorities.

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