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Japan floods: 'Extreme danger' amid record rainfall

Japan floods: 'Extreme danger' amid record rainfall

"It's an undeniable fact that this sort of disaster due to torrential, unprecedented rain is becoming more frequent in recent years", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in Tokyo. More than 70,000 rescuers are looking for dozens of missing people, and thousands remain in shelters.

Kurashiki city in Okayama prefecture, where the Mabi district was especially hard hit by this week's floods, distributed a hazard map in 2016, the Yomiuri newspaper said.

A helicopter flies over a flooded housing area in Kurashiki, Japan.

"This is the first time damage has extended to such a wide area since the (2011) Great East Japan Earthquake", said an official of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. "I have never seen anything like this", Toda said, standing outside the eatery he opened 40 years ago.

"I can't go back if I wanted to", the 66-year-old retired Self-Defense serviceman said, holding a bird cage in which the birds chirped.

Though the typhoon began last week, the worst of the rain hit from Thursday, when a builder was swept away.

According to the Times, "About 1,000 rescuers continued to search in flooded areas of the city of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, for people trapped in their homes".

Evacuees are being dealt another blow amid scorching heat in the country, with many unable to take showers or obtain medication. "I had wanted my daughter to wear it", Fukuda said, her eyes filling with tears.

Instead, Abe will reportedly visit impacted areas, in a show of support amid continuing rescue efforts.

In areas where search-and-rescue operations had ended, construction workers and residents worked in neighbourhoods to clear mud and debris and restore vehicle access to the outside and get supplies and food.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks with children evacuated to an evacuation center in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Self-Defence Force ferried seven oil trucks from Hiroshima to Kure, a manufacturing city whose 226,000 residents were cut off from the rest of the prefecture due to the disaster.

The figures are expected to substantially increase as municipal authorities have yet to finish assessing the scale of the damage. His wife and children took shelter in the second floor of their home, while the store filled up with water.

Agricultural, forestry and fishery damage has reached 7.2 billion yen, farm minister Ken Saito said, as the deluge devastated mountain forests and paddy fields while causing the collapse of reservoirs.

To safeguard their workers, some major businesses in the disaster-hit regions have halted production, including at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. 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. When it can resume its full operation remains unknown.