Japan torrential rain in pictures: Aerial pictures show horror of Japan flooding

Japan torrential rain in pictures: Aerial pictures show horror of Japan flooding

Japan torrential rain in pictures: Aerial pictures show horror of Japan flooding

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday that rescuers were "working against time".

Roads are covered in mud waters after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Aki, Hiroshima prefecture, south-western Japan, on Saturday. Road blockages and power outages have also forced many companies to halt operations until the circumstances lift.

Residents clean up near a house damaged by heavy rain in Soja city, Okayama prefecture.

By Thursday afternoon, rainfall of about 457 mm (18 inches) had been recorded in some parts of the smallest main island of Shikoku over the last two days, with up to 400 mm (16 inches) more predicted in some areas in the next 24 hours.

Video from Okayama showed brown water engulfing residential areas with some people fleeing to rooftops and balconies, trying to catch the attention of hovering rescue helicopters.

People waif to be rescued on the top of a house nearly submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Officials said 170 patients and staff had been evacuated from the hospital, while the public broadcaster NHK later said about 80 people were still stranded.

Of the 66 people, including those who went missing, 39 are in Hiroshima Prefecture, 10 in Ehime Prefecture and seven in Okayama Prefecture.

A woman in the Ehime prefecture was found dead on the second floor of a property hit by a landslide, according to news agency reports.

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Meanwhile, as rescue operations continued, landslide warnings were issued in more than a quarter of the nation's prefectures and evacuation orders remained in place for at least two million people.

At least 22 people have been reported missing following the weekend flooding, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of Japan. "If it were her, I wouldn't be able to stop crying".

Japan's Self Defence Forces dispatched 180 personnel and 50 vehicles to Kyoto as trains across western and central Japan were stopped, including part of one Shinkansen bullet train line.

A nursing home is reportedly flooded in Kurashiki City, although further details are still unknown.

The Okayama prefecture said three people had died, six others were missing and seven were injured, while almost 500 were flooded.

Dozens have been reported killed, more are missing, as over 4 million people have been ordered to or advised to evacuate their homes.

Japan Meteorological Agency said a front in western and eastern Japan will continue to bring rain through Sunday, hampering rescue efforts from the storm's torrential rainfall that began earlier in the week.

Automakers including Mazda Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co suspended operations at several plants on Saturday due to a shortage of parts or unsafe conditions.

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