Jul 10, 2018

Flooding in Western Japan Claims 155 Lives

The rain event has led to the highest death toll Japan has seen due to rainfall in more than three decades

Flooding in Japan leads to 155 deaths as search efforts continue
Flooding in Japan leads to 155 deaths as search efforts continue

At least 155 people have died in western Japan from floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains. While emergency rain warnings have been lifted, the 11 impacted counties continue search and rescue efforts as at least 27 people are still missing, according to the nation’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency. More than 70,000 rescue workers are involved in the relief effort and approximately two million people evacuated.

According to BBC news, this is the highest death toll caused by rainfall that Japan has seen in more than three decades and the risk of landslides remains. Nearly 17,000 homes remain without power, and many railroads and highways are closed due to flooding.

“The record rainfalls in various parts  of the country have caused rivers to burst their banks, and triggered large-scale floods and landslides in several areas,” said Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Hiroshima and Ehima were hit the hardest, according to CNN, while nine other counties were heavily impacted by the storm. Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported the rainfall between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday in Uwajima at 14.3 in., which is approximately 1.5 times the average for the entire month of July.