Japan's heavy rains cause at least 34 deaths and 14 missing persons
Tokyo, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Japan's local authorities reported on Sunday that floods and landslides due to heavy rains caused at least 34 deaths and 14 missing persons.
According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, rescue teams have been working tirelessly, as several towns remain isolated and many citizens need help, especially in Kumamoto prefecture, in the southwest of the country.
Among the fatalities are several members of a Kuma nursing home, who were trapped after a river overflowed.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe detailed that over 10,000 soldiers were mobilized to help the victims and continue the search for those whose whereabouts are unknown, Kyodo News reported.
Given the intensity of the rainfalls registered since Friday, the Meteorological Agency and other entities advised the evacuation of over 300,000 citizens, but many preferred to remain in their homes due to the fear of contracting Covid-19.
Although heavy rains decreased in the last hours, experts forecasted they will continue until Tuesday and further landslides are expected.
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