5,800 People Still at Shelters Week after Special Rain Warnings

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, July 13 (Jiji Press)--Some 5,800 people were still at shelters Friday, a week after special warnings were issued in eight prefectures in western and southwestern Japan due to torrential rain.

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by the rain has reached 196 in 13 of the country's 47 prefectures, with 55 people unaccounted for in four prefectures.

Running water had stopped at 205,931 households as of noon (3 a.m. GMT), mainly in the hardest-hit prefecture of Hiroshima, according to the welfare ministry.

The number of deaths from the disaster stood at 88 in Hiroshima, 59 in Okayama Prefecture and 26 in Ehime Prefecture, while the number of missing people came to 37 in Hiroshima and 15 in Okayama.

As of one p.m., 619 landslides and other sediment disasters had occurred in 31 prefectures, causing the closure of seven sections of seven expressways and 63 sections of 39 national routes. Japan Freight Railway Co. and nine other railroad operators were suspending train runs on 24 lines.

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