Ja­panese rain death toll rises to seven

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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