Ja­pan tack­les clean-up as rains toll tops 200

Oman Daily Observer - - ASIA -

TOKYO: Ja­panese res­cue work­ers searched the ru­ins of homes on Thurs­day look­ing for dozens of peo­ple still miss­ing af­ter deadly rains that killed more than 200 peo­ple.

Op­er­a­tions were un­der way to dig out and clear up af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing floods and land­slides that en­gulfed en­tire neigh­bour­hoods.

But with around 60 peo­ple still feared miss­ing, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said they would con­tinue search­ing house by house look­ing for sur­vivors, or vic­tims.

“The crit­i­cal 72 hours have passed,” ac­knowl­edged Mut­sunari Imawaka, an of­fi­cial with Okayama pre­fec­ture, one of the worst-hit re­gions.

“But we will con­tinue our search be­liev­ing there are still sur­vivors,” he said.

He said at least 18 peo­ple were miss­ing in Okayama alone, and that sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple were check­ing houses across the re­gion.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed dozens of res­cuers, in­clud­ing troops, re­mov­ing mas­sive rocks with me­chan­i­cal dig­gers from houses buried in land­slides.

Res­cuers were also man­u­ally shov­el­ling dirt to search for miss­ing peo­ple.

— Reuters

A lo­cal res­i­dent tries to clear de­bris at a flood af­fected area in Mabi town in Kurashiki, Okayama Pre­fec­ture, on Thurs­day.

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