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Unprecedented flooding in Japan has killed more than 100 people

Unprecedented flooding in Japan has killed more than 100 people

Most of the deaths from record-setting rainfall last week were in Hiroshima and the surrounding area. He said 80 people were unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 122 people have been confirmed dead as of early Tuesday.

A city official said 170 patients and workers had been evacuated from the hospital and another 130 people, including 70 patients, were waiting to be rescued.

"We are checking every single house to see if there are people still trapped inside them", said an official with the local Okayama prefecture government, the AFP reported. Most of the deaths were in Hiroshima and the surrounding area, but the damage was widespread.

Some 11,200 households had no electricity, power companies said, while hundreds of thousands had no water. A number of people have flocked to the evacuation centers in the city's district of Mabi.

Numerous evacuation centers have been set up in school gymnasiums, where air conditioning is not in place, prompting evacuees to use paper fans.

Policemen check a damaged auto following heavy rains and flooding in Hiroshima. But for now, the government is focusing on working closely with local counterparts in an effort to save lives. "In no way can I say that we are safe now, there's no telling if or when water could gush out again".

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.

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On Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a four-stop overseas trip as the death toll rose, and his office said he would visit Okayama on Wednesday. The Japan Meteorological Agency has reported that one area of the Kochi prefecture experienced a staggering 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches) of precipitation in just three hours, almost as much as the average amount for the entire month of July (32.8 centimeters or 12.9 inches), typically southwestern Japan's second wettest month after June.

M - almost 80 people are believed to be dead in Japan after three days of torrential rain made rivers burst their banks, Al Jazeera reported.

"The torrential rains that hit western Japan occurred with an extremely complex mechanism, and they can not be explained by just one reason such as global warming", said Ryuichi Kawamura, a meteorology expert and a professor at Kyushu University.

More than 50 others are believed to be missing, the Japan Times reported.

"So many people called".

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is continuing efforts to drain the area.

Roads remain flooded and damaged across western Japan, with some communities still cut off. Railways have been also affected by the disastrous weather, with many bridges washed away and tracks inundated, according to local media.

The recent rainfall was unprecedented and disaster experts said torrential rains are becoming more frequent, possibly due to global warming.