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Rescuers Search for Survivors After Japan Floods Kill Over 110
Rescuers Search for Survivors After Japan Floods Kill Over 110

Rescuers Search for Survivors After Japan Floods Kill Over 110

Rescuers Search for Survivors After Japan Floods Kill Over 110

Rescuers in western Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed floods and landslides that killed more than 110 people, with dozens missing.
Rain tapered off across the region battered by last week's downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, fueling fears of heatstroke in areas cut off from power or water, Reuters reported.
Nearly 13,000 customers had no electricity, power companies said on Monday, while hundreds of thousands had no water.
The death toll reached at least 110 after floodwaters forced several million from their homes, NHK national television said, the highest such figure since 117 people were killed in heavy rains in 1983.
Another 79 were missing, NHK added.
Though continuous rain had ended, officials warned against sudden showers and thunderstorms, as well as the risk of further landslides on steep mountainsides saturated over the weekend.

  Impact on Industries
Industry operations have also been hit, with Mazda Motor Corp saying it was forced to close its head office in Hiroshima on Monday.
The automaker, which suspended operations at several plants last week, said the halt would continue at two plants until Tuesday, as it cannot receive components, although both units were undamaged.
Daihatsu, which suspended production on Friday at up to four plants, said they would run the second evening shift on Monday.
Electronics maker Panasonic said operations at one plant remained suspended after the first floor was flooded.
Refineries and oil terminals were not affected, but blockages in roads leading to one Showa Shell oil terminal in the city caused gas and diesel shortages nearby.
Shares in some firms fell, but losses were modest, with Mazda even gaining as investors bet damage was limited.
"If the rainfall affects supply chains, there will be selling of the affected stocks," said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. "Otherwise, the impact will be limited."
Elsewhere, people soldiered through the grim task of recovery.
At one landslide in Hiroshima, shattered piles of lumber marked the sites of former homes, television images showed. Others had been tossed upside down.
Water still covered much of the hard-hit city of Kurashiki, despite ebbing floods that opened the route to a hospital where nearly 100 patients and staff were stranded on Sunday.
Thousands flocked to evacuation centers in its Mabi district.
Although evacuation orders were scaled back from the weekend, nearly two million people still face orders or advice to keep away from homes, fire and disaster officials said.
To tackle the crisis, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scrapping a trip to Europe and the Middle East that had been planned to start this week, Kyodo news agency quoted a top ruling party official as saying.
Economists said it was too early to assess the overall impact, but it was likely to be limited.
"Unusual weather patterns are a factor that corporations have to consider when making economic projections, but there is not much one can do," said Koya Miyamae, a senior economist at SMBC Nikko Securities.
Japan monitors weather conditions and issues warnings early, but its dense population means every bit of usable land is built on in the mostly mountainous nation, leaving it prone to disasters.

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