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Japan Heavy Rains: Death Toll Rises To 104, Another 50 Reported Missing

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| July 9 , 2018 , 11:01 IST

At least 104 people have been killed in western Japan as of Monday, due to torrential rains falling on the area since Thursday, resulting in massive flooding, landslides and displacement of tens of thousands of people.

Another 50 people are believed to still be missing and the death toll is expected to rise further, reported The Japan Times.

Rescue operations are currently underway by Japan's Self-Defense Forces personnel in disaster-hit areas.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday that rescuers were "working against time" adding, "There are still many people missing and others in need of help."

Since the downpours began on Thursday, 38 people have died in Hiroshima, 21 in Ehime and 13 in Okayama. The other fatalities were reported from Yamaguchi, Kyoto, Gifu, Shiga, Hyogo, Kochi, Fukuoka and Kagoshima prefectures.

"The record rainfalls in various parts of the country have caused rivers to burst their banks, and triggered large scale floods and landslides in several areas," Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday.

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Several areas were submerged after which Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism mobilized pumper trucks to drain the inundated areas. However, the complete draining process is expected to take around 2 weeks.

Around 267,000 homes are said to be suffering from water outages across 11 prefectures, apart from which roads have also been damaged. Railway services have also been affected, with 17 railroad operators suspending services on 56 routes

Evacuation orders or advisories have been issued for up to 5.9 million people in 19 prefectures, while 30,000 people are already staying at evacuation centres.