TOKYO — At the very least eleven individuals have been discovered lifeless in Japan on Wednesday, most of them aged residents at a nursing house, as heavy in a single day rain from Storm Lionrock left cities flooded throughout the nation’s north.
Police found 9 our bodies within the city of Iwaizumi whereas checking one other facility within the flooded neighborhood, stated Takehiro Hayashijiri, an official on the Iwate prefecture catastrophe administration division.
The id of the victims and different particulars, together with the whereabouts of their caretakers, weren’t recognized, Hayashijiri stated. Japanese public broadcaster mentioned the house was for folks with dementia.
Authorities have discovered two extra our bodies — one in the identical city and the second in one other city of Kuji — in Iwate prefecture, in response to the Fireplace and Catastrophe Administration Company.
Footage on Japan’s nationwide broadcaster confirmed the nursing house partially buried in mud, surrounded by particles apparently washed down within the swollen river. A automotive by the house was turned the other way up.
At one other nursing residence, a rescue helicopter perched atop a flat roof of the ability, airlifting residents, every wrapped in a blanket and carried by their helpers.
“We’re making a authorities-huge effort to evaluate the extent of harm,” Chief Cupboard Secretary Yoshihide Suga instructed reporters.
The federal government despatched the Self-Protection Power, Japan’s navy, to assist in the rescue and cleanup effort.
Additional north, on the island of Hokkaido, at the least two rivers broke via their banks.
The embankments gave approach early Wednesday morning, mentioned, quoting Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism. The catastrophe administration company stated a minimum of one particular person went lacking whereas driving or using in a automotive that went down with a bridge torn away by the flood.
Authorities within the city of Minamifurano reported a whole lot of individuals trapped in homes and shelters by flooding from the Sorachi river, the company stated. A whole bunch of different individuals have been additionally trapped in buildings and remoted in a number of cities in Iwate.
Hurricane Lionrock made landfall Tuesday night close to town of Ofunato, 310 miles northeast of Tokyo on the Pacific coast and crossed the principle island of Honshu earlier than heading out to the Sea of Japan.
It was the primary time a hurricane has made landfall within the northern area since 1951, when the Japan Meteorological Company began maintaining information.
The scene of enormous components of northern Japan coated with muddy water was a surprising reminder of the foremost tsunami that struck the identical area 5 years in the past.
Iwate prefecture, the toughest-hit by the storm, is among the areas nonetheless rebuilding from the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake, which left greater than 18,000 individuals lifeless alongside Japan’s northeastern coast.
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