Floods in Japan: at least 55 dead, rains record in the center

Inondations au Japon: au moins 55 morts, pluies record dans le centre

Japan remained in a state of alert on Wednesday, when torrential rains fell in the centre of the country and that the floods and landslides since the weekend were dreading at least 55 deaths.

The japan meteorological Agency (JMA) was placed Wednesday morning on high alert, the regions of Gifu and Nagano, in the mountainous centre of the country, before they take it down a notch on the alert level at the mid-day.

“In these areas, the rains are at a level never seen before”, said an official of the world food DAY at a press conference Wednesday morning.

“It is quite possible that natural disasters are already in progress, in particular in the areas declared at high-risk of landslides and floods”, he warned.

Large areas of Kyushu, the large island south-west of the archipelago, had already been submerged since Saturday morning by torrential rain that caused numerous floods and landslides resulting in fatalities.

The government spokesman Yoshihide Suga confirmed on Wednesday, with 52 deaths since the weekend, indicating that three other people were presumed dead.

This balance is likely to worsen because a dozen people are still missing. The authorities were checking whether other six deaths observed were related or not to the weather.

Some 80 000 rescuers have been deployed in the affected areas in recent days, including members of the japanese self-defense Forces, and 1.4 million people were affected by recommendations of evacuation.

The rain stopped Wednesday on a large part of Kyushu where the inhabitants could not see the damage and mourning of the victims.

Naomi Nishimura has lost his parents, who perished in the flooding of the small town of Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu.

“They have not wanted to leave, even when a neighbor came in to encourage them to evacuate (…), because I had told them that I was planning to come home that day, she told in tears to a chain of japanese television.

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