3,600 People Still at Shelters One Month after Rain Disaster

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Okayama/Hiroshima, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Some 3,600 people were still at shelters and about 24,000 people remained under evacuation orders on Monday, one month after the first special warnings on torrential rain were issued before a disaster mainly in western Japan.

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by the rain has reached 219 in 14 of the country's 47 prefectures, with 11 people unaccounted for in three prefectures.

Police officers, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces troops are continuing their search operations.

In locations in disaster-hit areas, people offered prayers for those who lost their lives one month ago.

At one shelter in the Mabi district in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, some 30 residents and staff members joined hands to mourn the victims. A total of 51 people died in Mabi.

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