Volunteers Gather in Flood-Hit Western Japan

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Uwajima, Ehime Pref., July 14 (Jiji Press)--A number of people gathered in western Japan regions ravaged by recent torrential rain on Saturday, the first day of a three-day weekend in the country, to volunteer to help affected people cope with the disaster damage.

A scorching heat wave is expected to hit the country, including the disaster-hit areas, during the weekend, with the mercury seen rising to up to 37 degrees Celsius in the city of Okayama, the capital of Okayama Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit areas.

The Japan Meteorological Agency is calling for precaution against heatstroke, particularly in the disaster areas.

The death toll from the record rain has reached 200, with 41 people still unaccounted for. Self-Defense Forces troops and others are continuing their search and rescue operations.

By prefecture, the number of deaths is the largest in Hiroshima, at 90, followed by Okayama, at 60, and Ehime, at 26. Of the missing people, 32 have been reported in Hiroshima, six in Okayama and two in Ehime.

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