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38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan

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Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern today, with climbing quickly. said 38 people were dead, four were injured seriously and 47 were missing.

footage showed a residential area in prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some people fled to rooftops and balconies and waved furiously at hovering rescue helicopters.

prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. Evacuation orders had been issued to more than 360,000 people, the prefecture said in a statement.

Throughout the affected areas, parked cars sat in pools of water. TV said water had reached as high as 5 metres (16 feet) in the worst-hit areas.

service, which put the death tally at 34 people, said one death was in a landslide in Hiroshima, which had set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in another area. said a woman died in her home in when it got buried in a mudslide.

Assessing overall casualties was a challenge because of the widespread damage. NHK repeatedly urged those awaiting rescue to not lose hope.

In prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, said. Also in Ehime, two elementary-school girls and their mother who got sucked into a mudslide were rescued but their hearts weren't beating, it said.

prefecture said it was working to control flooding at several dams and identified one fatality as a 52-year-old woman.

Military water trucks were rushing to areas where were no longer working, prefecture said. Troops in camouflage outfits helped people and pets reach dry land on small military boats.

Evacuation orders or advisories were sent for 4.72 million people, and 48,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighters were mobilized for search missions, according to

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 16:35 IST
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