Japan hunts for survivors of floods that killed 112

Kurashiki: Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 112 people, with dozens missing.

According to reports, rain tapered off across the western region to reveal blue skies and a scorching sun that pushed temperatures well above 30 degree Celsius, fuelling fears of heat-stroke in areas cut off from power or water.

“Some 11,200 households have no electricity and hundreds of thousands have no water,” power companies said. 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.

12 regions hit Hard by rains

Hiroshima, Okayama, Ehime, Kyoto, Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Hyogo, Shiga, Gifu, Kochi and Saga prefectures.

  • Persons in critical condition.
  • 79 People unaccounted for.
  • 23K People staying at emergency evacuation shelters.
  • 73K Rescue personnel deployed.
  • 2mn People evacuated.
  • 6 mnPeople yet to be evacuated.

PM Abe cancels trip to Europe, Middle East

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his trip to Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt to deal with Japan’s worst flood disaster since 1983, with several million people forced from their homes. Officials said the overall economic impact was not clear.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his trip to Europe and the Middle East to attend to the search and rescue operations underway in the country pummelled by torrential rain.

According to Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, Abe said that he had ‘no choice but to cancel’ his trip.

Summit moved to Tokyo

  • Tokyo will now host an EU-Japan summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after Abe cancelled the talks in Brussels because of deadly floods at home, the European Commission said.
  • The summit between Abe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council chief was postponed until next week after the pair discussed the floods, Juncker’s spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.