The death toll arising from floods and landslides in southwestern Japan caused by heavy downpour has risen from 114 to 176 according to reports.
Authorities have also taken to social media to warn residents as health worries increased amid scorching heat and the threat of new floods.
Officials also warned of the additional danger of food-borne illnesses, urging people to wash their hands and take other measures against food poisoning.
“My younger brother still hasn’t been found. We in the family are coming here to wait in shifts,” one woman told NHK television as she watched over the ruins left by a landslide.
Reports say water accumulating behind piles of debris blocking rivers also posed a danger after a swollen river rushed into a Fukuyama residential area on Monday, prompting more evacuation orders.
The government has confirmed the death toll of 176 people and the for search dozens of people who are still missing after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides considered to be Japan’s worst weather disaster since 1982.
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