18 lives lost, 27 missing in flood-hit Japan; rescue operation continues
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 09-Jul-2017

Tokyo, July 9: A massive flood has devastated the normal life of southwestern Japan’s main island of Kyushu. Started from the early part of this week, the heavy rain continues till now. The death toll has risen to 18. The rescue team is continuing their search for survivors. The torrential rain and the overflowing rivers have caused a heavy amount of damage.

People have been evacuated from residential areas. Victims have taken shelter in school gyms and public buildings. But many of them are stranded. Emergency services are giving tough effort to reach the stranded through thick mud and heavy rain.

The government was doing its "utmost" to recover those missing or stranded, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference. Total 18 people are announced dead by officials of Fukuoka and Oita prefectures. In addition to that, 27 were missing or could not be reached.

On Wednesday, more than 50 centimeters of rain hit parts of Kyushu. Then Japan Meteorological  Agency warned of a once-in-decades disaster. In past 72 hours also, Rains have continued with up to 22 centimeters.

The helicopters are unable to fly due to bad weather. Those are held up at a makeshift heliport. Again on Sunday, weather agency warned of continued heavy rains.