Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed for the flood-stricken western part of Japan on Wednesday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years passed 170 and health worries increased amid scorching heat and the possibility of new floods.
Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture. Reportedly, the typhoon has brought in storms and floods in Japan causing loss of life and property. Rivers overflowed, turning towns into lakes and leaving dozens of people stranded on rooftops.
83 people have died since Thursday and 57 others are unaccounted for.
Flooding and landslides have killed at least 76 people and left dozens missing.
Although evacuation orders were scaled back sharply from the weekend, some 1.7 million people still face orders or advice to keep away from homes, fire and disaster officials said. From above, he checked the flooding caused by a broken river dike in Kurashiki as well as a landslide in Takahashi.
The newspaper says that the number of dead is the highest for a rain-related event in the country since 1982.
Several major manufacturers, including carmakers Daihatsu and Mitsubishi, suspended operations at plants in the affected areas.
Suga further noted that nine people are now missing, CNN reported.
"We have never experienced this kind of rain before", an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency told a news conference.
The so-called 72-hour mark following the outbreak of the disaster, after which the survival rate of those waiting to be rescued is said to fall sharply, has passed.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now in Okayama to assess the extent of the damage.
Japanese authorities issued evacuation orders to around five million people during the worst of the rains, but the orders are not mandatory, and many ignored them.
As of 11 a.m., the temperature was 32 degrees in Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, and Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, and 30.8 degrees in Hiroshima's Naka Ward.
"We know it's a race against time, we are trying as hard as we can".
Meanwhile, more than 10,000 people in 15 prefectures were still staying under evacuation shelters as of Tuesday noon, with blazing heat now compounding the problem. "Some people have been isolated, calling for rescue".
A police officer looks into a vehicle buried in mud during a search operation in the aftermath of heavy rains in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Tens of thousands of rescue and recovery workers were digging through the debris as the search entered its fifth day, The Associated Press reports. They are asking people not to go to the affected regions until granted permission because there is still danger from landslides and also because police, firefighters and the Japan Self-Defense Forces are still searching for missing people.
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