Japanese authorities issued new warnings of landslides and floods on Wednesday, when torrential rains moved to the center of the country and the death toll rose to 54.
The heavy rains that started on Saturday morning (4) on the island of Kyushu have already caused devastation in the southwestern part of the country, leading to the overflow of rivers and landslides.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its highest-level warning to the prefectures of Gifu and Nagano, in central Japan.
At least 80,000 rescue workers have already been deployed in a desperate effort to reach survivors trapped by floods and landslides.
2 of 2 Man goes through flood in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture – Photo: Charly Tribaleeau / AFP Photo
Man goes through flood in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture – Photo: Charly Tribaleeau / AFP Photo
On Tuesday night (7), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to increase the number of members of the security forces involved in the rescue effort to 20,000.
The government’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said at least 54 people died and 14 were considered missing.