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Severe Rain, Flooding Leave 38 Dead, Scores Missing in Japan

Severe Rain, Flooding Leave 38 Dead, Scores Missing in Japan

Evacuation orders or advisories were sent for 4.72 million people, and 48,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighters were mobilized for search missions, according to Kyodo.

Doznes of people were still missing and four in critical condition as torrential rain that has killed 20 people pounds western and central Japan, according to local officials.

Although a weather front had settled between western and eastern Japan, there was a risk heavy rains would continue as warm air flowed towards the front, it added, with already-saturated areas facing more rain on Sunday. "In fear of heavier downpours, we've issued emergency warnings in areas where the amount of rain hasn't exceeded the standards of such a warning system", a JMA official explained.

In Ehime prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, Kyodo said.

Hiroshima was also hit hard by torrential rain in August 2014, when 77 people were killed as massive landslides destroyed homes.

More than 1.6 million people have been ordered to evacuate from their homes by Saturday morning and 3.1 million others were advised to leave after Japan's Meteorological Agency issued weather warnings across the country.

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The man was one of three workers swept away by flooding in Hyogo prefecture in western Japan, with the other two men rescued and taken to hospital, a local police spokesman told AFP. Landslides occurred in several locations in Hiroshima Prefecture on the night of July 6, and there are reports that residents were buried.

Television footage showed a residential area in Okayama prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. On Saturday, rescue workers transferred them to safety, by carrying them through swiftly flowing dark waters.

The rain had people living in the city of Kyoto recalling previous periods of heavy rain and flooding - in 2004 and 2013 - that caused fatalities and damage, but they were hopeful the situation would not be repeated.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp said it had halted operations at its Okayama Prefecture plant as it was unable to procure parts, while Daihatsu said it had suspended production at two plants in Osaka and Kyoto for the same reason.

The government set up a liaison unit in the crisis management center of the prime minister's office to gather information.

A train remains derailed by a landslide caused by heave rains in Karatsu, Saga prefecture, Japan, on Saturday.


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