Ja­pan floods kill 15

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The death toll from heavy rains and flood­ing in south­ern Ja­pan has risen to 15, a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day, as res­cuers con­tin­ued work to evac­u­ate iso­lated sur­vivors. Rag­ing rivers over­flow­ing with wa­ter and mud have dev­as­tated swathes of Kyushuthe south­ern­most of Ja­pan’s four main is­lands-af­ter heavy rain­fall, sweep­ing away roads and houses and de­stroy­ing schools. Thou­sands of res­cuers have been fight­ing through thick mud and bat­tling rain to search for miss­ing and stranded peo­ple, with more than 500 be­lieved to still be cut off, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic broad­caster NHK. Chief Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga told re­porters yes­ter­day that the death toll “rose to 15” and 16 peo­ple were still miss­ing. Lo­cal gov­ern­ments an­nounced Fri­day that a to­tal of eight peo­ple have died. “The re­gion is ex­pected to see a lo­cal­ized heavy rain to­day,” Suga said, ad­vis­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to gather in­for­ma­tion from the gov­ern­ments and me­dia.

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