Three dead and at least 25 missing in Japan floods

Heavy rains and flooding has killed 3 and at least 25 people missing in eastern Japan since Tuesday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

After tropical storm “Typhoon Etau”, three people has been killed and at least 25 are missing, including two children, at the on going massive floods and heavy rains in eastern Japan, according to NHK, japanese news agency.

Japan's Jacarta newspaper said that a 63-year-old woman died in flood in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture. Also many homes were washed away in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Another woman, 48, died after her car washed away in Kurihara city, Miyagi Prefecture. Lastly a man, 20s, was found dead in a sewage pipe in Nikko city.

During the ongoing tragedy, 27 people have been injured, including a 77-year-old woman who broke her leg after falling in strong winds, local media has reported. A missing person feared to be buried in landslides is still being searched for by rescuers, an official said.

More than 400,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, officials said. Nearly a million people, including in Tokyo, and other seven prefectures have been issued evacuation advisories. Approximaly 100,000 people have been organize to leave from Ibaraki and Tochigi areas had been put on highest level of alert on the second day of floods, sending radiation-tainted waters into the ocean from Fukushima nuclear plant.

Officials have alerted the community to be more careful against further effective rain and the risk of mudslides in Miyagi Prefecture earlier on Friday. Same emergency warning was also given in Miyagi.

A lot of people waited rescue crews to take them from the roofs of their homes near Joso city, after the Kinugawa River became useless on Thursday.

101 people have been rescued by The Self Defense Forces by Thursday afternoon.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, “The government will work as one to take all necessary measures for disaster relief activities, putting the top priority on securing safety for human lives.”

The Japanies Meteorological Agency on Thursday announced having received 614 millimeters of rain in last two days, as 483 millimeters fallen in Kanuma.

"Tochigi Prefecture is facing a grave danger and is in an emergency situation," said Japanies Meteorological Agency spokesman Takuya Deshimaru on Thursday.

So far, 12 military helicopters took part in the rescue operation along with an additional 55 members of the Japanease military, reported the Self Defence Force.

According to officals, the number of those participating in rescue efforts will rise.

The Japan Meteorological Agency announces that more rains and floods are expected in the next few days.

TRTWorld and agencies