Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Japan reels from its worst flood in decades

Japan is still reeling from one of its worst flooding disasters in decades, which has killed at least 179 people and left 70 missing.

Torrential rains triggered landslides and floods in central and western areas. More than 8 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

About 300 people spent the night at the Okada Elementary School in Okayama prefecture, with many of them sleeping on blue mats in the school's gym.

One family sleeping there has had to send their young daughter away to live with relatives, after she became so distressed by the evacuation that she stopped eating.

The couple returned to their home on Monday to see what they could salvage, only to find their entire ground floor submerged.

"We can accept losing things like home appliances, but... it hurts that our memories are all gone," said Hiroko Fukuda.

There was one brighter piece of news when it emerged that a miniature horse had survived three days stranded on a roof before being rescued by aid workers when flood waters receded. Pictures of Leaf, a pet at an old people's home in the town of Kurashiki, had captured hearts around the country. Sadly her foal did not survive the floods.


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