Death toll hits 200 as intense heat and water shortages raise fear of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan

13 July 2018

The death toll from Japan's worst weather disaster in 36 years has reached 200 on Thursday. More than 70,000 military, police and firefighters moved through the debris to search for nearly several dozen people still missing, the government said.

Over 200,000 households had no water, after torrential rains caused floods and landslides across western Japan. Japanese Red Cross Society Emergency Response Office said the lesson learnt from this disaster is that strong communities survive better in the aftermath of a disaster. Disasters set off by torrential rains have become more frequent in Japan, perhaps due to the global warming, experts say.