Osaka: As many as 103 people have died so far as Japan faces a long recovery process after floods and landslides.
The torrential rains in parts of Japan killed at least 90 people in the southwest, while 13 others have since died from cardiac arrests, raising the total death toll to 103, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, reported a media source reported.
As the emergency rain warnings have been lifted, the country is now turning its focus to search and rescue efforts wherein the police, fire departments and the military are scouring affected areas for the dozens of people still missing or unaccounted for.
“We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting with the disaster response task force.
According to media sources, thousands of houses have been damaged, and even the ones that stand intact have been impacted.
Nearly 17,000 households are still without power, and phone lines are down across multiple prefectures.
According to the report evacuation orders remained in place for some 2 million people and another 2.3 million were advised to evacuate.