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World ‘Battle Against Time’: Rains in Japan Leave Dozens Seeking Rescue From Rooftops

06:25  09 july  2018
06:25  09 july  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

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  Cave rescue focuses on pumping water out, finding back door in More rain this weekend could make getting the Thai soccer team and coach out impossible, so the race is on to drop the water level.That search for another option comes amid worries that heavy rains forecast for this weekend could again flood the cave and make any rescue attempt impossible.

Supported by. Continue reading the main story. ‘ Battle Against Time ’: Japan Floods Leave Dozens Mr. Kajihara said the rainfall between Friday and Saturday in western and central Japan had broken a More than 1,000 people were waiting to be rescued , many from rooftops . At one building, drone

Rescuers are in a "race against time " to find survivors of a powerful earthquake amid forecasts of heavy rain and cold overnight, Japan 's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned. Mr Abe admitted rescue operations throughout the night in the Kyushu region "will be extremely difficult".

TOKYO — Record rainfall continued to batter Japan on Sunday, with millions of people being urged to leave their homes because of the risk of flooding and landslides that have already killed dozens.

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  Opinions | What it’s like to be trapped in a cave The experience can be harrowing, even when you know what you’re doingYoung Thai soldiers unpack food supplies for volunteers and rescue personnel at a provincial office during the rescue operation.

As heavy rain pummeled Japan for a second straight day, the Kinugawa River broke through a flood berm The rains came on the heels of Tropical Storm Etau, which caused flooding and landslides In one dramatic scene, a rescuer descended four times from a military helicopter over 20 minutes to lift

Rescue workers are in a "race against time " to save people caught in devastating record rains that have killed at least 100 people, Japan 's prime minister has said. The torrential downpours have caused flash flooding and landslides across central and western parts of the country, prompting evacuation

Government officials pleaded with affected residents to “take adequate actions and follow evacuation instructions issued by municipal governments” as forecasters predicted more rain in western and central Japan.

Yasushi Kajihara, a spokesman for Japan’s Meteorological Agency, said people trapped in their houses should move to higher floors if possible, while others should head to higher ground “to save our lives.”

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The flooding had killed at least 68 people by Sunday afternoon, and 56 more were missing. More than three million people were told to move to safer places such as school buildings or municipal shelters.

Mr. Kajihara said the rainfall between Friday and Saturday in western and central Japan had broken a record for a 48-hour period dating back 50 years. In Gifu Prefecture, for example, more than four inches of rain fell in just one hour overnight.

Thai cave rescue options include possibility of 'buddy dive'

  Thai cave rescue options include possibility of 'buddy dive' Thai officials ruled out any immediate attempts to evacuate 12 football players and their coach trapped deep inside a system of caves in northern Thailand on Saturday despite concerns over low oxygen levels underground and poor weather forecasts.Thai divers carry supplies as rescue operations continue for the trapped soccer team.

Japan : Torrential rains leave dozens dead. Search for survivors. Rescue workers have spent the past few days digging through mud and debris 'Race against time '. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the situation "extremely serious" and ordered his government to "make an all-out effort" to rescue victims.

RESCUERS in Japan are “racing against time ” to save dozens of people trapped by a typhoon bringing torrential rain that has killed more than Torrential rain left houses under water in Kurashiki, Japan , yesterday (Image: AFP/GETTY). Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set up an emergency task force to deal with the worsening situation.

“Many people are still missing,” Mr. Abe said as the group met Sunday morning. “Others are isolated and waiting for rescue. It’s a battle against time; 54,000 rescue forces are working.”

The situation was particularly dire in Kurashiki City, in western Japan. More than 1,000 people were waiting to be rescued, many from rooftops.

At one building, drone footage showed the words “SOS” and “150 people! water and food” on a sheet on the roof.

At a hospital, officials used helicopters to rescue patients and staff members, with babies and children being pulled to safety first. The hospital is not far from a riverbank that was wiped out by the flooding.

Many people died because they were unable to flee. In Kagoshima Prefecture on the southern tip of Japan, a couple believed to be in their 80s were found dead after landslides destroyed their house. In Kyoto Prefecture, two people were found buried in mud where two houses had collapsed from another landslide, the public broadcaster NHK reported.

Over 100 'chimneys' drilled into mountain in bid to reach trapped boys

  Over 100 'chimneys' drilled into mountain in bid to reach trapped boys More than 100 chimneys are being drilled into the mountainside in a frantic bid to reach a Thai youth football team trapped in a cave complex below, the head of the rescue mission said Saturday. The unprecedented rescue effort is attempting to establish new ways to extract the boys from above, if the underground chambers flood and it is deemed too risky to evacuate the team by diving out through the submerged passageways."Some (of the chimneys) are as deep as 400 metres...

#MONSTASQUADD ‘ Battle Against Time ’: Rains in Japan Leave Dozens Seeking Rescue From Rooftops . You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done," Hossein Salami said in a speech before the funeral of the victims broadcast live on

2018 Japan floods 平成 30 年7月豪雨 (Heavy rain in July Heisei 30). Radar animation of the event from 3–8 July nationwide Help us."[27] Throughout Okayama Prefecture, 1,850 people were rescued from rooftops ; 160 patients and staff at "Floods and landslides leave dozens dead and 50 missing in Japan ". the Guardian. ^ "'Race against time ' to rescue Japan flood victims as death toll hits 76".

In Hiroshima Prefecture, a 3-year-old girl was missing after debris from a landslide poured into her house.

There were also numerous tales of people being rescued. Japan’s Self-Defense Forces deployed teams in boats to save those in danger. A man who was moved to safety carrying his dog said on NHK, “I’m finally saved.”

The rains crippled transportation networks, with bus and train services partly or completely shut down in 15 prefectures. But the Shinkansen bullet trains were still operating on Sunday.

At least 34,000 homes in western Japan were without power, and recovery work was difficult because many roads were cut off by landslides.

Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s defense minister, told reporters that the weather was expected to take a turn for the better, but that many problems remained.

“The weather is expected to recover and it’s going to be hot,” he said. “There are many cases of disconnected water supply,” he added, saying that officials were trying to provide relief so people would have access to drinking and bath water.

Global relief as all boys and coach rescued from Thai cave .
World leaders and football stars joined the global outpouring of relief and congratulations at the astounding rescue.World leaders and sports stars joined the global outpouring of relief and congratulations at the astounding rescue of a young football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave.

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