Reported by Reuters on Thursday (12/7/2018), heavy rain that caused the flood was called the worst disaster in 36 years. There are reportedly 200 people killed by floods in the western Japanese region, while dozens of others reportedly missing.
The Japanese government deployed more than 70 thousand combined personnel to search. Given the flood conditions that are still severe, the death toll is expected to continue to grow.
“It is an undeniable fact that this kind of catastrophe due to heavy and unprecedented rainfall has become more frequent in recent years,” Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, another 10,000 survived by moving to a number of evacuation pockets. On the other hand, 200 thousand homes did not get clean water supply for the past week.
“Without water, we can not clean anything, we can not wash anything,” said one refugee.
The air temperature in the range of 31-34 degrees Celsius plus high humidity and the residents who sleep on the floor in the shelters called can increase the number of deaths.
One broadcast shows an elderly woman trying to sleep in a shelter. He took a sleeping position with his knees bent in a folding chair. His arm covered his eyes to block out the light. There were several fans, but the other refugees were overheated because they were seen waving newspapers on their bodies.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went straight to check on refugee conditions in Kurashiki. Abe promised additional help as quickly as possible.