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Japan's flood death toll rises to 157

by VTV411 July 2018 Last updated at 10:06 AM

Rescuers continue to search for survivors in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, as dozens of people remain missing. Photo: AP(Kota Endo/Kyodo News)
Rescuers continue to search for survivors in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, as dozens of people remain missing. Photo: AP(Kota Endo/Kyodo News)

VTV.vn - The death toll rose to 157 on Tuesday after the worst floods in 36 years hit Japan, dashing the hope for survivors of finding remaining missing.

Torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides in western Japan last week, bringing death and destruction, and prompting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel an overseas trip to deal with the disaster.

While rescuers have arrived to clear the roads, accumulated mud and debris of landslides have caused new surge of floodwaters in residential areas of Hiroshima.

More than 200,000 remain without water under scorching sun, with temperatures set to hit 33 degree C in some of the hardest-hit areas. The government has set aside 631 million USD in infrastructure funds to respond to disasters, with 3.15 billion USD in reserve.

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