Dead In Japan Rains, Dozens Still Missing

Severe rainfall leaves dozens dead in Japan

"All I have is what I'm wearing", a rescued woman clutching a toy poodle told a local TV station. "Electricity is out, water is cut off and there is no information there".

(Reuters/Issei Kato) A vehicle is submerged at a flooded area in Mabi.

At least 100 people have been killed in days of record rains that have devastated parts of Japan, and at least 21 people are missing, local authorities confirmed on Monday.

Another storm, Typhoon Maria, was bearing down on outlying islands in the Okinawa chain but it had weakened from a super-typhoon and was not expected to have any impact on Japan's four main islands. At Tanimoto's apartment complex, about a dozen victims have been found.

Officials and reports say more than 80 people are still unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area.

Many areas were buried deep in mud that smelled like sewage and had hardened in the heat, making the search more hard.

Residents sheltering at the Yano school were provided with water, blankets and cellphone chargers.

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".

Water and other relief supplies were scarce in some of the other disaster-hit areas. Numerous climate change models have suggested that Japan will see an increased frequency and intensity of heavy rain days in coming years.

At least 255,000 households remain without water as of Tuesday evening, NHK said.

"Going by the scale of the disaster alone, it's on the same level at that of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011", said associate professor Yuki Matsushi of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University.

Supermarkets have closed stores or shortened hours due to delivery delays and supply shortages.

And authorities warned against the ongoing risk of landslides, with rain forecast in some areas on Thursday, as well as heatstroke in other places where temperatures approached 35 degrees celsius.

A local resident walks in front of submerged and destroyed houses in a flooded area in Mabi town in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, July 8, 2018. "We are also looking after evacuees and restoring lifeline infrastructure like water and gas".

Japan is experiencing what could be one of the worst weather-related disasters in its history, following the heaviest rainfall the country has experienced for decades.

More than two million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

In the hard-hit Mabi district of Kurashiki city in Okayama prefecture, piles of water-damaged refrigerators, washing machines and furniture lined the streets as residents used hoses to wash mud out of their homes. (AAP) A truck dangles precariously from an incline in Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who visited one of the worst-affected regions on Wednesday, plans to travel Friday to another area hit by deadly flooding and landslides after the rains, Suga said. Eiko Yamane, a resident of Hiroshima, explained to TIME, "Hiroshima prefecture is normally blessed with mild weather and has few natural disasters so people here have never experienced a situation like this".

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