Ja­pan floods death toll rises to 25

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The death toll from tor­ren­tial rains and flood­ing that swept through Ja­pan’s south has reached 25, the govern­ment said yes­ter­day, as res­cue teams bat­tled through thick mud to res­cue more than 100 still stranded. Fur­ther down­pours were pre­dicted to pound Kyushu af­ter swathes of the south­west­ern is­land were dev­as­tated last week by over­flow­ing rivers-sweep­ing away roads, houses and schools and forc­ing thou­sands of peo­ple into makeshift shel­ters. But many re­main stranded, with emer­gency ser­vices strug­gling to reach them amid treach­er­ous con­di­tions.

Some 150 peo­ple were still cut off as of Mon­day evening in hard­est-hit Fukuoka and Oita pre­fec­tures, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials. A to­tal of 25 peo­ple have died while at least 25 re­main un­ac­counted for, Chief Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga told re­porters yes­ter­day. Some 12,000 res­cuers were mak­ing “ut­most” ef­forts to find sur­vivors and clear washed up drift­wood ham­per­ing the search, Suga said.—AFP

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