20,000 remain stranded from heavy rains in western Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun

An aerial photo taken from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter on Wednesday morning shows the Yasuura district in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, which has been cut off after roads were covered by earth and sand.

The Yomiuri Shimbun With the damage from record-breaking torrential rains continuing to spread in western Japan, more than 20,000 people remain stranded in Hiroshima, Ehime, Kochi and other prefectures on Wednesday, as local roads have been closed to traffic due to landslides and other reasons. As of noon on Wednesday, 169 people had died in 12 prefectures and 79 people were missing in seven prefectures.

Local governments are transporting food and water to isolated areas by helicopter. However, completing restoration work and returning afflicted areas to normal is expected to take longer than initially thought.

According to data compiled by Hiroshima, Ehime and Kochi prefectures as of Tuesday afternoon, those stranded due to severed roads included about 20,000 people in about 10,400 households in Kure and Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture; about 75 people in about 40 households in municipalities including Seiyo and Iyo in Ehime Prefecture; and about 230 people in about 150 households in municipalities including Aki and Otoyo in Kochi Prefecture.Speech

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