Japan Floods Live Updates: PM Shinzo Abe cancels overseas trip as death toll reaches 109

Japan Floods Live Updates: PM Shinzo Abe cancels overseas trip as death toll reaches 109: Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister will cancel an overseas trip from Wednesday which would have taken him to Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, following torrential rains killed more than 100 people in western Japan, a source told to the media house Reuters.

People waif to be rescued on the top of a house almost submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Torrents of rainfall and flooding continued to batter southwestern Japan. (Shingo Nishizume/Kyodo News via AP)

Separately, Toshihiro Nikai , ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General said to reporters subsequent to meeting Abe on Monday that canceling the trip was “unavoidable” in view of the disaster, which snowed under large swaths of western Japan, Kyodo news agency quoted the same.

The rain tapered off across the region tattered by last week’s downpour, illuminating and display the blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86°F), fuelling fears of heatstroke in areas cut off from power or water.

Nearly 13,000 customers had no electricity, power companies said on Monday, while hundreds of thousands of people have no water.

The death toll reached at least 109 because the floodwaters forced several million from their homes, NHK national television told the highest such figure since from the time, in 1983117 people were killed in heavy rains. Among the dead was a nine-year-old boy.

Another 79 were missing, NHK added.

Though the continuous rain had ended, officials warned against sudden showers and thunderstorms, can take place which can risk further landslides on steep mountainsides saturated over the coming weekend.

Industry operations have also been hit, with Mazda Motor Corp saying on Monday; it was forced to close its head office in Hiroshima.

The automaker, which suspended operations at several plants last week, also told that the halt would continue at two plants until the next Tuesday, as it cannot receive components, though both units were undamaged.

Daihatsu, which suspended production on Friday at up to four plants, said they can also run the second evening shift on Monday.

Electronics maker Panasonic said, post the first floor was flooded, the operations at one plant remained suspended.

Refineries and oil terminals were not affected, but blockages in roads leading can be the witness in the Showa Shell oil terminal in the city caused gas and diesel shortages close by anyway.