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'Race against time' to rescue Japan flood victims: PM

AFP  |  Mihara 

Japan's Shinzo warned today of a "race against time" to rescue flood victims as authorities issued new alerts over record rains that have killed at least 48 people.

The torrential downpours have caused flooding and landslides across central and western parts of the country, prompting evacuation orders for over two million people.

"Rescues, saving lives and evacuations are a race against time," said as he met with a crisis cell set up to respond to the disaster.

"There are still many people whose safety has yet to be confirmed," he added.

Top spokesman said the death toll in days of record rains now stood at 48, but the toll is expected to rise further, with saying over 50 people were dead and dozens more missing.

The rain has completely blanketed some villages, forcing desperate residents to take shelter on their rooftops with flood water swirling below as they wait for rescue.

Over two million people have been told to evacuate, but the orders are not mandatory and many remained at home, becoming trapped by rapidly rising water or sudden landslides.

The meteorological agency issued its highest level alert for two new regions today, while lifting the alerts for other areas where rains were subsiding.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 07:35 IST