The Yomiuri ShimbunRecord rainfall that hit western Japan left 240,000 households in 11 prefectures without running water as of Thursday morning. The death toll from the heavy rain reached 184 in 12 prefectures, while 65 people remained missing in five prefectures as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to information compiled by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Amid continuing severely hot weather in the rain-struck areas, the number of households that still had no running water came to 206,868 in Hiroshima Prefecture, 21,610 in Ehime Prefecture and 9,609 in Okayama Prefecture, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.
The water has been cut off in these areas mainly due to damage to water pipes and flooded water purification plants as a result of the heavy rains. Each municipality is urgently working to resume water service as soon as possible.