Japan: at least 16 dead, 20 other deaths suspected after heavy rains

Japon: au moins 16 morts, 20 autres décès présumés après des pluies diluviennes

At least 16 people are dead and the toll could rise with a score of deaths suspected in the west of Japan, where heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides, reported Sunday the japanese media.

The floods in the region of Kumamoto, located on Kyushu island, the south-west of the country, destroyed houses, washed away vehicles and caused the collapse of bridges, leaving many cities under the waves and some of the residents cut off from the world.

In addition to the sixteen people who died, the state tv channel NHK has reported on twenty people in ” cardiopulmonary arrest “, a term commonly used in Japan to announce the death of a person, before it is confirmed by doctors.

Among them are 14 residents of a retirement home flooded Saturday by a nearby river that came out of his bed.

The leaders of the region and of the municipalities affected by the natural disaster were not able Sunday morning to confirm the deaths reported by the media.

A dozen people are also unaccounted for as a result of these severe weather events, while more than 200,000 people have received the order to evacuate.

“We will do everything we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and to make life as comfortable as possible for those who have been forced to leave their homes “, said to the press Ryota Takeda, the minister of disaster Management after a visit to a gymnasium in the town of Hitoyoshi, where 600 people are accommodated.

Sunday morning, the rainfall had decreased in intensity to Kumamoto, but many inhabitants of the region remained cut off from the world due to the extensive damage caused by these severe weather events.

Rescue teams and soldiers of japan self-defense Forces have deployed helicopters and boats to find people who are lost and come to the aid of people stranded in their homes.

On Sunday night, and new precipitation are expected in the region.

A huge sign of ” SOS ” has been created on the ground of an elementary school closed down in the city of Yatsushiro, where a dozen people were great signs in the direction of the helicopters of the media and relief, using, white towels, and umbrellas.

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