Thousands of houses have been damaged due to heavy rain in Japan
Rescue missions have begun in the western Japan on Monday
after days of debilitating heavy rain in the region.
Starting last Thursday, Japan had received record-breaking
amount of precipitation, causing floods and landslides in the town of Motoyama
The Japanese government ordered an evacuation of two million
people from the affected region after three days of rain made rivers overflow.
The Japan Timesreported that the death toll from the heavy rain reached 126 as of late Monday,
and 86 people are still reported missing. The death toll is expected to rise
according to officials.
According to the NHK
World – Japan, more than 10 inches of rain fell in between two hours in the
city of Uwajima and in Sukumo City in Kochi prefecture; 14.3 inches of rain in
Uwajima, 10.3 inches of rain in Sukomo City.
In the town of Motoyama, located in the Shikoku Island, up
to 23 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period.
Tens of thousands of homes and buildings, including the head
office of Mazda Motor, have been damaged and major electricity supplies have
“Thousands of houses have been damaged, and even the ones
that stand intact have been impacted,” CNNreported, “nearly 17,000 households are still without power and phone lines are
down across multiple prefectures.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his trip to Europe and
Middle East due to the country’s worst flood disaster since 1983. Abe addressed
the magnitude of the damage and announced a plan to implement more temporary housing
and evacuation centers. “We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those
necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local
government,” said Abe, “there are still many people missing and others in need
of help.” On Sunday, Abe has increased the number of rescuers and disaster
relief crew members to about 73,000.
While the heavy rain has ended, the warnings are still in
effect for majority of the affected areas. “Residents should still watch
for landslides,” said Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary of Japan. <Alex Kim>