Japan: Floods and Landslides Leave Dozens Dead, 50 Missing

(From The Guardian)

Dozens of people have died and at least 50 are missing after torrential rain triggered landslides and flash flooding in western Japan on Saturday.

Local authorities said 20 people had been killed, while public broadcaster NHK said the death toll had risen to 46.

The number of casualties is expected to rise, said Yoshinobu Katsuura, a disaster management official in Ehime prefecture.

The prime minister, Shinzō Abe, said the situation was “extremely serious” and ordered ministers to “make an all-out effort” to rescue victims. . . .

Water levels reached five metres (16ft) in the worst-hit areas, forcing some residents on to rooftops and balconies to attract the attention of rescue helicopters.

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