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Japan Floods: Dozens dead and missing after record rainfall

Japan Floods: Dozens dead and missing after record rainfall

The death toll is the highest caused by water disasters since 2014 when 77 people were killed in heavy rain which set off landslides in Hiroshima in western Japan.

Record-breaking rain: Japan's Meteorological Agency said that three hours of rainfall in one area of Kochi prefecture had reached 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches), so far the highest rain accumulation since 1976, when the organization began measuring rainfall.

The assessment of casualties is hard because of the widespread area affected by the rain, flooding and landslides.

"We are working against time", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday morning.

At least 64 people were killed and 44 missing, national broadcaster NHK said after the death toll had been put at 49 overnight.

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"The number of casualties is expected to increase as we are still in the middle of collecting information", Yoshinobu Katsuura, a disaster management official of Ehime prefecture, told Agence France-Presse.

Panasonic halted production of video cameras at a plant in Okayama city, while Amazon stopped work at a distribution center in the prefecture, according to the Nikkei.

"Rescues, saving lives and evacuations are a race against time", Abe said as he met with a government crisis cell set up to respond to the disaster.

A residential area in Okayama prefecture, on the main island of Honshu, was covered in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some of the victims have been buried alive by landslides, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports.

The rain has completely blanketed some villages, forcing desperate residents to take shelter on their rooftops with flood water swirling below as they wait for rescue.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 54,000 police officers, firefighters, and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and coast guard had been mobilized in the rescue effort, Kyodo reported, with TV footage showing them using boats and helicopters to bring people to safety.

Evacuation orders or advisories remain in effect for 4.3 million people in 23 prefectures from central to southwestern Japan.

Two sisters from an elementary school of just six pupils on the small island of Nuwa in Ehime prefecture were among the dead.

More than 50,000 rescuers have been dispatched across a wide swathe of south-western and western Japan. "We had fled to the second floor but then the water rose more, so we went up to the third floor".

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The worst hit region by the flood was in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture, where a landslide struck a public housing complex in Hiroshima City and inundated about 20 buildings, according to NHK.