Japan Struggles to Deliver Relief to Victims as Flood Toll Rises

Japan Struggles to Deliver Relief to Victims as Flood Toll Rises

Japan Struggles to Deliver Relief to Victims as Flood Toll Rises

Japan's Meteorology Agency lifted its special torrential rain emergency warning on Sunday night, with weather conditions easing.

The government has sent water trucks to the disaster area, but supplies remain limited.

Torrential rain that struck western Japan a week ago caused floods and landslides, killing 200 people, many in communities that have existed for decades on mountain slopes and flood plains largely untroubled by storms.

Japan's top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press briefing that the government is likely to tap into reserve funds of about 2 billion yen (18 million US dollars) to help deal with the disaster's aftereffects.

One weather official noted that the region has "never experienced this kind of rain before". A 64-year-old man and a 9-year-old boy were found dead underneath a mudslide.

A damaged house in a flood hit area in Kumano, Hiroshima prefecture this week.

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Construction worker Fukuyoshi Doi, who is leading a group of volunteers who had gathered to help clear the road, said once they clear the mud "the rest of the work would pick".

Delivery companies Sagawa Express Co and Yamato Transport Co and cargo service Japan Freight Railway Co said some of their shipments to and from the flooded areas have been suspended or reduced.

Some residents of Mabi had shrugged off the warnings, however, given the area's history of floods. Thousands of homes were without clean water and electricity in the city of Hiroshima and other hard-hit areas.

"The water level is expected to go down, as we are clearing driftwood and other rubble, but that's far from a guarantee of safety", he told AFP by phone.

At one point during the flooding, evacuation orders were given for almost 6 million people across 19 prefectures.

He is planning to also visit Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures next.

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Some of the thousands of residents who had been evacuated, some rescued from their rooftops, began cleaning up after the rain stopped on Monday.

The Health Ministry said that as of Tuesday morning, almost 300,000 homes spanning 12 prefectures in western Japan were still without water supply.

Around 54,000 rescuers, drawn from the military, police and fire departments are working across the west and southwest.

"We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government", said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting with the disaster response task force, also noting "the future need" to improve evacuation centers and temporary housing.

Assessment of the casualties was slowed by the scale of the area affected.

The government has already said it will set aside around US$20 million (S$27 million) for the relief effort and Abe said there would be financial support for local governments to help with the reconstruction effort.

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Buildings are nearly submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Saturday.

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