Massive floods in Japan kill more than 100 people, force millions to evacuate | GBRI

A flooded area in Kurashiki

Historic flooding and landslides after torrential downpour have claimed the lives of at least 126 people in Western Japan. Authorities have ordered around 2 million people to evacuate, while another 2 million have already been evacuated.

It is the highest death toll caused by rainfall that Japan has seen in more than three decades.

Rescuers are now digging through mud and rubble in a race to find survivors, as dozens are still missing.

Flood warnings are still in effect for some of the worst hit areas, including Okayama prefecture. But more settled weather is expected over the next few days which is likely to help with rescue efforts.

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