Rescuers search for dozens still missing after floods in Japan

Rescuers search for dozens still missing after floods in Japan

Rescuers search for dozens still missing after floods in Japan

"Rescues, saving lives and evacuations are a race against time", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said as he met a government crisis cell set up to respond to the disaster.

As of Monday morning, the health ministry said the water supply to more than 13,600 households remained cutoff and 267,000 households were still without electricity. He said 80 people were unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area. Over 30,000 people were staying at evacuation centers as of Sunday, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

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"I have asked my family to prepare for the worst", said Kosuke Kiyohara, 38, as he waited for word of his sister and her two young sons.

The number of casualties is expected to rise as damage in affected areas unfolds. Rivers overflowed, turning towns into lakes and leaving dozens of people stranded on rooftops.

The rescue operations have seen local municipalities enlist the help of the SDF as the ferocity of the storm and the torrential rain have caused the most amount of deaths seen here from such weather in recent decades.

"We've never experienced this kind of rain before", an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) told a news conference.

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Firefighters from James City County, Williamsburg and York County fought the blaze, which continued to smolder into the evening. State police and other investigators are likely to be at the site for the next several days, Anaya said.

Rivers surged and the ground loosened, causing some people to be swept away by rushing water and others to be buried alive in landslides.

Though the persistent rain had ended, officials warned of sudden showers and thunderstorms as well as of more landslides on steep mountainsides saturated over the weekend.

In the message, Francis expressed his solidarity with all those affected, offered his encouragement to rescue crews and said he was praying for the dead and injured "and the consolation of all those who grieve".

"The area became an ocean", 82-year-old resident Nobue Kakumoto said yesterday, surveying the scene.

"We can not take baths, the toilet doesn't work and our food stockpile is running low", said Yumeko Matsui, whose home in the city of Mihara, in Hiroshima prefecture, has been without water since Saturday.

Two sisters from an elementary school with just six students on the small island of Nuwa in Ehime prefecture also died, according to Reuters.

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