Update- Japan Flooding, at least 141 killed in torrential rain and landslides

JAPAN- Record torrential rains in the western region of Japan has killed at least 141 people known to authorities, due to the floods and landslides the government said.

The death toll is the highest for the country in decades. Rescuers are now digging through the mud and rubble to search for any survivors, as several people are still missing.

Approximately 2 million evacuated the region after rivers burst their banks. Authorities have made shelters in schools halls and gymnasiums.

Prime Minister Sinzo Abe has cancelled all his overseas trips to deal with the natural disaster.

“I have asked my family to prepare for the worst,” 38-year-old Kosuke Kiyohara, who has not heard from his sister and her two sons, told AFP.

More than 70,000 rescue workers, including the fire service and the army, are involved in the relief effort.

Police arrive to clear debris scattered on a street in a flood hit area in Kumano

Image captionMore than 70,000 emergency workers have been deployed across western Japan. Evacuees read newspapers in a gymnasium used as an evacuation centre on July 9, 2018 in Kurashiki, Okayama
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Image caption Around 12,000 people are staying in evacuation centres across 15 prefectures
Residents try to upright a vehicle stuck in a flood-hit area in Kurashiki
Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES : Image caption Cars and houses were left wrecked by heavy rains, leaving areas covered in debris and thick mud
An aerial view of flooded houses in Kurashiki
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Image caption Thousands of homes are flooded and cut off from water and electricity
Residents cross an area still flooded in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 9, 2018
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Image caption Since last Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July
Man walks past a devastated street during floods in Saka
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Image caption Though persistent rains have ended, officials have warned of sudden showers, thunderstorms and landslides

Flood warnings are still in effect, some of the worst hit areas include the Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Japan.

However weather forecast show that more settled weather is expected over the next few days and aid rescue efforts in the coming days.

“We are checking every single house to see if there are people still trapped inside them. We know it’s a race against time, we are trying as hard as we can,” an official with the prefecture’s government told AFP.

Map showing the location of the Hiroshima and Okayama prefectures in the south west of Japan

Photo Credits- Getty Images- BBC.com and Arabian Business

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