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Dramatic photos show the devastating flooding and landslides in Japan
11 July 2018, 02:23 | Darnell Patrick
Residents look over their flooded town in Kurashiki Okayama Prefecture western
The death toll on Tuesday rose to more than 150 people in the flooding and mudslides in western Japan, the government said.
Searches and cleanup efforts were taking place in the southwestern region where several days of heavy rainfall set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area.
Water and electricity supply was also disrupted across large areas, as some 276,000 households suffered outages across 11 prefectures. But a local volunteer, Yuki Sato, 25, said local convenience stores were obviously in short supply, so she didn't buy anything there because she wanted to save them for the evacuees or others who can't drive out of town. It said 63 were missing. Officials in Ehime prefecture asked the government to review its weather warning system, noting that rain warnings were issued after damage and casualties already had occurred.
The landslides and flooding across much of western Japan have killed at least 155 people, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. He had been due to leave on Wednesday.
The prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi were the hardest hit, with pictures showing extensive damage especially in Okayama.
The automaker, which suspended operations at several plants last week, said the halt would continue at two plants until Tuesday because it can not receive components, although both units were undamaged.
Daihatsu, which suspended production on Friday at up to four plants, said it would run the second evening shift on Monday.
Forty-eight residents remain unaccounted-for in Hiroshima Prefecture, and 20 are still missing in Okayama Prefecture.
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People soldiered on with the grim recovery task.
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"I had wanted my daughter to wear it", Fukuda said, her eyes filling with tears.
One of those lining up was Yumeko Matsui, whose home in Hiroshima had been without water since Saturday. Other homes had been tossed upside down.
At the end of last week rivers engorged by more than a metre (three feet) of rain burst their banks, engulfing entire villages and forcing people onto rooftops to await evacuation by helicopter.
Economists said it was too early to assess the overall impact but it was likely to be limited.
"I'm anxious there could be a significant impact on production, consumption and tourism", Toshiro Miyashita, Bank of Japan's Fukuoka branch manager, who oversees the Kyushu region, told a news conference. "My husband couldn't make it home from work since the road was flooded, and since it was pouring down rain I didn't have enough courage to walk to an evacuation center with two infants after dark", one woman wrote on Twitter, without giving further details.
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