“Forty-nine people have been killed and 48 people not found in western and central Japan because of heavy rainfall hit the area,” said the Japanese media NHK as quoted by Reuters on Sunday (8/7/2018).
Meanwhile, Japan’s Meteorology and Climatology Agency provided weather warnings in the western and central parts of Japan on Saturday (7/7) local time. Residents are also asked to be wary of landslides to the storm.
The helicopter footage from the altitude shows people occupying the roof of their house waving for help at Kurashiki. The Japanese army was also deployed to rescue the children by boat from the overflowing river in Hiroshima.
In Motoyama, a city on Shikoku island, about 600 km from Tokyo, it rained since Friday (6/7) and Saturday (7/7) morning. Among those killed was a man who fell from a bridge in the western city of Hiroshima, and a 77-year-old man in Takashima who was washed away while working to clear the debris.
“On Saturday morning, more than 1.6 million people have been ordered to vacate their homes because of the danger of floods and further landslides, 3.1 million more people are advised to leave,” the Japan Disaster Management Agency said.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said about 48,000 police, firefighters and members of the Self-Defense Forces of Japan were mobilized to provide assistance.
The bad weather also hit the industrial estate. Some manufacturers stop production because rain and flood disrupt supply and endanger the safety of workers.