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Rains leave 69 dead, 1,850 stranded in Japan, Latest World News

Flooding and landslides have killed at least 50 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan Flooding and landslides have killed at least 50 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan
Ellis Copeland | 11 July, 2018, 14:24

A helicopter flies over Mabi town which was flooded by the heavy rain in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 9, 2018.

But experts also say Japan's warning system is problematic, with the decision to issue evacuation orders often left to local officials who may have no disaster management experience. Since Thursday, landslides and flooded rivers have trapped many people in their houses or on rooftops.

About 1,800 people were evacuated from the affected areas by Monday night, over 11,000 people were staying in special shelters.

Emergency service workers pass a damaged road following a landslide, on July 10, 2018 in Yanohigashi near Hiroshima, Japan.

The automaker, which suspended operations at several plants last week, said the halt would continue at two plants until Tuesday because it could not receive components, although both units were undamaged.

At least 80 people have died in torrential rains that pummeled wide areas of western Japan.

Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that at least 141 people had been killed.

"We urge residents to remain cautious about possible landslides", a weather agency official told AFP.

8 boys freed from Thai cave; rescuers working to save 5 others
Heavy rain soaked the area overnight, increasing the risks in what has been called a "war with water and time" to save the boys . He tweeted Sunday evening the group was en route to Thailand with the device and would reach the destination in about 17 hours.


4 more boys rescued from Thai cave, bringing total to 8
The device could be used to rescue one boy at a time as it has space to fit in one person with his arms crossed, he said. Over the weekend, the Thai government successfully rescued four boys who had been trapped in the cave since June 23.


How to Watch France vs Belgium
France and Belgium have eliminated South America's three biggest nations, and confidence is sure to be running high in both camps. Chadli netted a dramatic stoppage-time victor in the round of 16 against Japan as Belgium came from two goals down to win 3-2.


They were rescued hours later, and returned to the town on Monday, where Ogawa found his telephone, filled with calls from concerned relatives and friends. The maps of mandatory evacuation areas indicate that an estimated 2 million people have been displaced from their homes, though it remains unclear how many of these structures will still be standing when citizens are able to return.

The devastation in Kumano in Hiroshima Prefecture.

European Union chief Donald Tusk has suggested moving the postponed summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Tokyo next week.

"The area became an ocean", 82-year-old resident Nobue Kakumoto told AFPon Sunday, surveying the scene. He crouched down on the floor to speak with people, many of them elderly, and asked about their health. "Some people have been isolated, calling for rescue".

Rain tapered off across the region battered by the downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), fuelling fears of heatstroke in areas cut off from power or water. Critical infrastructure has been hit, including railway tracks.

The Japanese government set up an emergency task force over the weekend dispatching thousands of troops, firefighters, police and other disaster relief teams. "This is a situation of extreme danger".

"There are still many people missing and others in need of help, we are working against time", Abe said on Sunday morning.

Search-and-rescue work continues on July 9 in wide areas of western Japan, including Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures, while workers fix railway tracks in Saga Prefecture.

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