Tokyo, July 6
The loss of life toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan rose to 40 on Monday, together with 14 who drowned at a riverside nursing residence, as rescuers looked for 10 lacking individuals and rain threatened wider areas of the principle island of Kyushu, officers mentioned.
Army troops and different rescuers labored their method via mud and particles alongside the flooded Kuma River, the place many homes and buildings have been submerged almost to their roofs.
The Meteorological Agency issued the best climate warning for 3 prefectures in northern Kyushu after heavy rain hit the island’s southern area over the weekend.
More than half one million individuals have been suggested to evacuate throughout Kyushu, together with riverside cities in Kumamoto metropolis the place 40 our bodies have been recovered.
The evacuation was not necessary and many individuals are believed to have opted to remain at residence due to considerations over catching the coronavirus, though officers mentioned shelters have been adequately geared up with partitions and different security measures.
The lifeless included 14 of the 65 aged residents of the nursing residence subsequent to the Kuma River, which is called the “raging river” as a result of it’s joined by one other river simply upstream and is liable to flooding.
The river rose abruptly and its embankment gave in, inflicting floodwaters to gush into the nursing residence, the place many of the residents have been bedridden or wheelchair customers.
A caregiver on night time obligation informed the Asahi newspaper that he noticed the river rising within the early hours of Saturday and he and three colleagues woke everybody up and to organize them for evacuation. But then he heard a window break and noticed water pouring in and shortly rising to his knees, he mentioned.
He heard voices calling for assist and grabbed two individuals to elevate them above the water, which continued to rise till his arms grew numb and he was not capable of maintain them and so they died, he mentioned.
“I’m so sorry. I really wanted to help them, but I couldn’t. I had no strength left,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Shunji Ogawa, a village assemblyman who frequently volunteers on the nursing residence, mentioned he joined the caregivers in serving to transfer the residents however the water rose all of a sudden like a tsunami, the newspaper reported. AP