Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -


peo­ple have been killed in Ja­pan in land­slides and flood­ing caused by tor­ren­tial rain, in what has be­come one of the dead­li­est nat­u­ral dis­as­ters to hit the coun­try since the earth­quake and tsunami of 2011 (toll based on up­dates till July 16, 2018)

500 mm rain in­un­dated the pre­fec­tures of Hiroshima, Okayama, and Hyogo. The rain started to pour on July 5 and picked up on July 6. Over that week­end, parts of Ja­pan re­ceived be­tween 300 to 500 mm

75,000 re­spon­ders de­ployed for search and res­cue op­er­a­tions

54 peo­ple re­main un­ac­counted for, Ja­panese Chief Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga said

8 per­sons were killed in a heat wave that fol­lowed, with tem­per­a­tures of 38.8 and high hu­mid­ity

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