No SA casualties reported among 48 dead in flooding in Japan - Dirco

No SA casualties reported among 48 dead in flooding in Japan - Dirco

No SA casualties reported among 48 dead in flooding in Japan - Dirco

Evacuees take rest at Okada elementary school, which acts as an evacuation center in Mabi town in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, July 10, 2018.

A helicopter flies over a flooded housing area in Kurashiki, Japan.

Flooding and landslides have killed at least 76 people and left dozens missing.

So why has record rainfall caused at least 100 deaths?

In Okayama Prefecture, more than 1,000 people were trapped on the roofs of buildings that were submerged by floods following the bursting of three dikes on the nearby Oda River.

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And with many people stuck in modestly equipped shelters with few possessions, or living in damaged homes with no running water or electricity, the rising temperatures posed a new problem, authorities said.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Tuesday with the heavy rain that triggered the floods, 155 people are now confirmed dead and one person has no vital signs. "We were hoping to find two people but still can't find one".

"Rescuers had to go by boat yesterday due to flooding but the water is gradually receding today", a spokeswoman at the area's disaster control office said.

"The government is just starting to realize that it needs to take steps to mitigate the impact of global warming", said Takashi Okuma, an emeritus professor at Niigata University who studies disasters.

Japanese authorities issued evacuation orders to around five million people during the worst of the rains, but the orders are not mandatory, and many ignored them.

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The Japanese government set up an emergency task force over the weekend dispatching thousands of troops, firefighters, police and other disaster relief teams. Some regions reportedly received three times the usual precipitation for a normal July, setting off landslides and sending rivers surging over their banks, CBS News' Jericka Duncan reported.

According to the West Nippon Expressway Company, at least seven expressway sections including those in Hiroshima and Okayama prefectures remain severely damaged with little chance of fix anytime soon.

"[The Philippines] is offering Pinoy soldiers, including engineers and doctors, to help rescue and rehabilitation efforts" of areas hit by flooding and landslides following days of heavy rainfall, Roque quoted Duterte.

At an emergency meeting Tuesday in Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the federal government would streamline the process for emergency aid. At a major supermarket in town, employees sold bottled water and tea, cups of noodles and other preserved foods that survived the floods, while employees cleaned damaged merchandise, throwing items into dozens of plastic bags.

Japan monitors weather conditions and issues warnings early, but its dense population means every bit of usable land, including potential flood plains, is built on in the mostly mountainous country, leaving it prone to disasters.

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