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Deadliest rainfall in 35 years kills 110; dozens remain missing

The Yomiuri Shimbun

An aerial photo taken from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter shows a search and rescue operation being conducted in a residential area of Kumano, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Monday morning. A number of people are still missing in the area.

The Yomiuri Shimbun The death toll from record rainfall, which has caused widespread flooding and landslides in the central and western part of Japan, has risen to 110 as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to calculations by The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Deaths have occurred in a total of 12 prefectures, mainly in Hiroshima, Ehime and Okayama. Police, firefighting units and the Self-Defense Forces have been carrying out search and rescue operations. At least 62 people are still missing.

The Japan Meteorological Agency is urging people to remain vigilant because of the risk of landslides due to such factors as the softening of soils, and to avoid heat stroke because of the rising temperature.

The torrential rain has been brought on by an active seasonal rainy front.

According to statistics of the Fire and Disaster Management Agency among others, it is the first time in 35 years that over 100 people have died in heavy rains in Japan. A total of 112 people were killed in torrential rain that hit Shimane and other prefectures in July 1983. It also marks the first time during the Heisei period — which began in 1989 — that the death toll from torrential rain has exceeded 100.

The death toll has been calculated based on information from such authorities as municipal governments.Speech

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