No SA casualties reported among 48 dead in flooding in Japan – Dirco

Johannesburg- There have been no reported South African casualties among the at least 48 people who have been killed by flash floods and landslides in Japan following torrential downpours which started on Thursday.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Department of International Relations And Cooperation (Dirco) they added that South African Embassy in Japan will maintain close contact with authorities to get any more information.

Dirco said, “The embassy stands ready to provide assistance should there be any South African citizens in need of support.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa sent a message of condolences to the people of Japan on Sunday and said that the people of  South Africa are with the people of Japan during this difficult time and sent his condolences.

According to a AFP report, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Sunday of a “race against time” to rescue flood victims as news alert warned of record rain’s.

According to the newswire torrential downpours have caused flash flooding and landslides across central and western parts of the country, prompting evacuation orders for more than two million people.

The Japanese government has confirmed that the death toll will likely go up, with Japanese media reporting that more than 60 people have died and dozens more are still missing.

This is the deadliest rain-related disasters in recent years for Japan. AFP reported that thee deadliest numbers were last seen in 2014, at least 74 people were killed in landslides caused by torrential downpours in the Hiroshima region.

Photo Credit- Carbton

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