FUKUOKA-(MaraviPost)-At least 50 people have been confirmed dead following heavy rains that started in the early hours of Saturday.
Japan’s disaster management agency confirmed the death troll on Tuesday July 7, 2020.
According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, 49 of the victims were from riverside towns in the Kumamoto prefecture and one person was found dead in Fukuoka prefecture as the heavy rain spread across the southern area.
A report by CBC news indicated that among the victims were 14 of the 65 elderly residents of a nursing home next to the Kuma River, known as the “raging river” which is joined by another river just upstream that is prone to flooding.
Nearly 40,000 personnel, including police and firefighters as well as coast guards and troops, were deployed to rescue people and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has disclosed that he is doubling the deployment of rescue personnel, including police and firefighters as well as coast guards and troops, to 80,000.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued its highest emergency warning level for heavy rain and landslides over vast swathes of the southwestern Kyushu island, with downpours expected until Thursday.
Commenting on the tragedy, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and government of Japan.