34 die in Japan floods, rescue operation on


Tokyo, July 5

Floodwaters and the danger of extra mudslides that left a minimum of 34 folks confirmed or presumed useless hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, together with at aged house amenities, the place greater than a dozen died and scores had been nonetheless stranded.

Helicopters and boats rescued extra folks from their properties within the Kumamoto area. More than 40,000 protection troops, the coast guard and hearth brigades are collaborating within the operation.

Large areas alongside the Kuma river had been swallowed by floodwaters, with many homes, buildings and autos submerged virtually as much as their roofs. Mudslides smashed into homes, sending folks atop rooftops waving at rescuers.

At a flooded aged care house in Kuma Village, the place 14 residents had been presumed useless after rescuers reached them on Saturday, rescue continued Sunday for the handfuls of remaining residents and caregivers. Sixty-five residents and about 30 caregivers had been trapped on the riverside care facility Senjuen when floodwaters and dirt gushed in. All remaining 51 residents, together with three who had hypothermia, had been rescued by boats and brought to hospitals for therapy by Sunday afternoon, officers stated. Overall, 18 folks had been confirmed useless, whereas 16 others, together with these on the nursing house, had been presumed useless. — AP



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