Death toll of the flash floods and landslides in Japan reaches 179 today


one of the damage done by the flash floods one of the damage done by the flash floods - The death toll from the devastating floods in Japan increased to 179 people. Search and rescue operations continue today.

As reported by AFP and Reuters on Wednesday, July 11th 2018, a spokesman for the Japanese government said that about 67 people were still missing due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain, which has flushed Japan since last week. While the current death toll reached 179 people.

The Kurashiki city of Okayama Prefecture is the worst affected area. Almost all the districts of the city were inundated with floods and residents were forced to flee to the rooftops while waiting to be rescued.

Rescue workers went to every house to look for survivors. "We call it a grid operation, where we check every house to see if anyone is trapped inside" an Okayama prefecture official told AFP. "We know this is a race against time, we try as hard as we can."

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said about 75,000 police personnel, firefighters and soldiers were deployed in rescue efforts.

Thousands of people are still in refugee camps. Local authorities offered drinking water and showers for residents who do not have access to clean water. After the flood receded, extreme hot weather became a new threat.


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