Japanese rain death toll rises to seven
TOKYO — Rescue workers recovered five bodies Friday in southern Japan, raising the death toll from heavy rain to seven, with five people missing and feared dead and more than 20 others whose whereabouts are unknown.
Troops and other rescuers were able to reach some villages that had been cut off by torrential rain and rescued more than 300 stranded residents, officials said.
Heavy rain warnings were still in place for parts of the southern island of Kyushu after Typhoon Nanmadol swept across Japan earlier in the week, dumping large amounts of rain that damaged homes, roads and rice fields.
Japan’s royal family postponed today’s formal announcement of Princess Mako’s engagement to a college classmate out of consideration for the suffering of people in the affected areas, palace officials said. A new date has yet to be decided.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 12,000 troops and other rescuers were focusing on remote villages where hundreds are still stranded.
The body of an elderly woman was found washed up by a river that had overflowed in Oita, the prefectural disaster management department said. Four other bodies were recovered earlier Friday in Asakura in Fukuoka prefecture, one of the hardest-hit areas.