Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recently released a statement stating that they are racing against time in a hard attempt to rescue the recent flood victims taking place in in western Japan with now a death toll rising to eighty one people until Sunday with tens of missing people and others stranded in Kurashiki, some of whom have resorted to tweeting desperate messages seeking help from emergency services and those poor trapped residents have been holding on to their lives by taking shelter on their rooftops as floods ran below their feet. Therefore, over two million people have been told, no mandatorily, to evacuate, while many residents chose to stick to their homes.
The meteorological agency had also issued new alerts on Sunday, while lifting the warning level in other regions where rain was subsiding. But it also cautioned residents that even where downpours were over, the heavy rains had loosened earth meaning the risk of landslides remained high.
The Rescue workers have been trying so hard to save people caught in the devastating record rains according to Japan’s Prime minister, Shinzo Abe, , as he met with a government crisis committee set up to respond to the disaster. He commented by saying, “There are still many people whose safety has yet to be confirmed.” Around 54,000 rescue workers, police and military personnel have been mobilised to respond to the disaster, which has left entire villages submerged by flooding.
The recently released Video from Okayama had shown brown water flooding through some residential areas with some of the people fleeing to rooftops and balconies and other people desperately trying to catch the attention of hovering rescue helicopters. National broadcaster NHK said water had risen as high as 4.9m in the worst hit areas where cars and buses have been seen left in pools and vast amount of water.
Moreover, roads were transformed into muddy flowing rivers, with dirt piled up on either side as flood water gushed around the wheels of stranded cars. Authorities have said that the disaster is counted for as the deadliest rain related crisis in the country of Japan even since 2014, when at least 74 people were killed in landslides caused by torrential downpours in the Hiroshima region.