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World Japan flood toll nears 200, sun scorches thousands battling thirst

08:00  12 july  2018
08:00  12 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

5.9-magnitude quake felt in Tokyo, no tsunami warning

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More than 200 ,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods and set off landslides across western Japan .

Rescuers in flood -hit Japan search for the missing as death toll tops 150. Thousands of homes were still without clean water and electricity in Hiroshima and other hard-hit areas. Residents lined up for water under the scorching sun as temperatures rose to 35 Celsius -- 95 Fahrenheit, raising risks

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Abe visiting flood-hit western Japan as deaths reach 176

  Abe visiting flood-hit western Japan as deaths reach 176 Japan's government says 176 people have been confirmed dead after last week's heavy rains in western Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits a hard-hit city.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe on Wednesday would visit an evacuation center in Kurashiki, a city where a river broke through an embankment and swept through residential areas, killing more than 40 people.

Rain tapered off across the western region battered by last week’s downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun . Tens of thousands had no water, Japanese media said. The death toll from the rains reached at least 94 after floodwaters forced several million people from their homes, NHK

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Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200.

More than 200,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods and set off landslides across western Japan, bringing death and destruction to decades-old communities built on mountain slopes and flood plains.

The death toll rose to 195, with several dozen people still missing, the government said on Thursday.

With daily temperatures above 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and high humidity, life in school gymnasiums and other evacuation centers, where families spread out on mats on the floors, began to take a toll.

Television footage showed one elderly woman trying to sleep by kneeling with her upper body on the seat of a folding chair, arms over her eyes to keep out the light.

With few portable fans in the evacuation centers, many survivors tried to cool themselves with paper fans.

The limited water supply meant that people are not getting enough fluids and in danger of suffering from heatstroke, authorities said. People are also reluctant to use what water they do have to wash their hands, raising fears of epidemics.

Destroyed Mazda is seen at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Kumano Town© REUTERS/Issei Kato Destroyed Mazda is seen at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Kumano Town

"Without water, we can't really clean anything up. We can't wash anything," one man told NHK television.

Forced from home by floods, Japanese go back to school

  Forced from home by floods, Japanese go back to school Kaon Omori peeked into her classroom in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, gawping at evacuees forced from their homes by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed 179 people. "In the classroom, all the desks and chairs have been moved to the sides, and people I've never seen before are staying inside," she mumbled."It's really weird," the 12-year-old said, touching her bobbed hair.Authorities ordered as many as five million people to evacuate their homes during the record rains that have cut a swath through parts of central and western Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled an overseas trip to deal with Japan 's worst flood disaster since Rain tapered off across the western region on Monday to reveal blue skies and a scorching sun According to NHK public television, the death toll stood at 126 by Tuesday morning, with another six

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled an overseas trip to deal with Japan ’s worst flood disaster since Rain tapered off across the western region on Monday to reveal blue skies and a scorching sun According to NHK public television, the death toll stood at 126 by Tuesday morning, with another six

The government has sent water trucks to the disaster area, but supplies remain limited.

More than 70,000 military, police and firefighters toiled through the debris in a grim search for the missing.

Some teams shoveled dirt into sacks and piled the bags into trucks. Others used diggers and chainsaws to work through landslides and splintered buildings.

Many areas were buried deep in mud that smelled like sewage and had hardened in the heat, making the search more difficult.

Disasters set off by torrential rains have become more frequent in Japan, perhaps due to global warming, experts say. Dozens of people died after similar rains caused flooding around the same time last year.

"It's an undeniable fact that this sort of disaster due to torrential, unprecedented rain is becoming more frequent in recent years," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference in Tokyo.

"Preserving the lives and peaceful existence of our citizens is the government's biggest duty. We recognize that there's a need to look into steps we can take to reduce the damage from disasters like this even a little bit," he added.

(Additional reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

Heatwave blankets Japan, kills 14 people over long weekend .
An intense heatwave killed at least 14 people over a three-day long weekend in Japan, media reported on Tuesday, and high temperatures hampered the recovery in flood-hit areas where more than 200 people died last week. Temperatures on Monday, a national holiday, surged above 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) in some inland areas and combined with high humidity to produce dangerous conditions, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.At least 14 people died from the heat over the long weekend, media reports said, including a woman in her 90s who was found unconscious in a field.

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