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 Disastrous Flooding & Landslides
Skookum
 Posted: Jul 9 2018, 09:50 PM
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At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says.
9 July 2018

Dozens more are reported to be missing and electricity supplies have been hit.
Since Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate as rivers burst their banks.
"We've never experienced this kind of rain before," a weather official said.

Rescuers restarted their search through the mud for any survivors or the bodies of those killed on Monday morning.
An official in Okayama prefecture told AFP news agency that water levels were gradually receding and that emergency teams may be able to access the worst-hit areas on foot.

The heavy rains began with a typhoon last week that was followed by days of record-breaking torrential rain.

In the town of Motoyama, on Shikoku island, 583mm (23in) of rain fell between Friday morning and Saturday morning.
Many buildings have collapsed and vast areas have been covered in debris and thick mud.
Kumano is in the Hiroshima prefecture where most of the deaths have occurred.
One resident, 69-year-old Naoaki Ogawa, described how a mudslide left him trapped in his car as he tried to escape.
"I turned the car to the right, and saw another wave of mud... sweep away three cars that were in front of me," he said.
"I have lived here for more than 20 years, but there has never been something like this. I was so scared."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled a trip to Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt following the floods.
He said on Sunday that rescuers were "working against time" and increased the number of personnel deployed to help with the response to more than 70,000.

"There are still many people missing and others in need of help," he told reporters.

Flood warnings are still in effect for some of the worst hit areas, including in Okayama prefecture.
But more settled weather is expected over the next few days which is likely to help with the rescue effort.
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 Posted: Jul 9 2018, 10:05 PM
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

I spent the day slowly finding out just how bad this rainstorm was. Our town isn't totally cut off, but the main arteries are all down. Parts of the 20-mile main road that connects us to Hiroshima city are just gone. A main road in the other direction is closed indefinitely. And landslides and flooded stations mean trains aren't moving anytime soon. Students were calling me today saying they haven't been able to get home since yesterday, are in their companies that have water on the first floor, and it could be at least 3 days until they can get back. Others who are at home called and said they can't get out of their neighborhood because landslides blocked the roads. Some houses are just gone, swept away. Looks like about 50 people died just in Hiroshima prefecture yesterday.
Grocery stores and convenience stores in town are out of food and closed. I don't think anything is getting into town from outside.

Glad I waded across the street last night and asked the family over there with two little kids if they were OK and when they said No, that I could offer them a place to sleep.

I knocked on their door when I got home from work today and their electricity is back on and doing they're ok.

(.......notes home.......)
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 Posted: Jul 10 2018, 10:30 AM
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Incredibly bad situation. //files.jcink.net/html/emoticons/sad.gif Saw on the news that this is worst rain they have had in decades. Glad your people are OK and were able to offer aid to neighbors.
When I see the news pictures, it looks as if the whole island is disintegrating.
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QUOTE (Navi @ Jul 10 2018, 07:30 AM)

When I see the news pictures, it looks as if the whole island is disintegrating.

I know! I've had that same feeling sometimes; I'll think, 'good grief! the place is on a pedestal & all of those big earthquakes are going to topple the whole thing'. https://s20.postimg.cc/5yu2w3pvx/facepalm.gif

But then, just think how ancient the country is https://s20.postimg.cc/so23xtujh/scratchhead2.gif ....... & it's still here. //files.jcink.net/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif


It's all a big mystery. https://s20.postimg.cc/mad0usn59/Coffee_News2.gif
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QUOTE (Skookum @ Jul 10 2018, 09:49 AM)
QUOTE (Navi @ Jul 10 2018, 07:30 AM)

When I see the news pictures, it looks as if the whole island is disintegrating.

I know! I've had that same feeling sometimes; I'll think, 'good grief! the place is on a pedestal & all of those big earthquakes are going to topple the whole thing'. https://s20.postimg.cc/5yu2w3pvx/facepalm.gif

But then, just think how ancient the country is https://s20.postimg.cc/so23xtujh/scratchhead2.gif ....... & it's still here. //files.jcink.net/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif


It's all a big mystery. https://s20.postimg.cc/mad0usn59/Coffee_News2.gif


It truly is a mystery. The older I get the more the mystery deepens and shatters preconceived notions. (We need the meditating Ommmm smilie, lol.)
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QUOTE (Kamalam @ Jul 10 2018, 12:35 PM)
. (We need the meditating Ommmm smilie, lol.)


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 Posted: Jul 11 2018, 12:49 AM
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QUOTE (Skookum @ Jul 10 2018, 04:20 PM)
QUOTE (Kamalam @ Jul 10 2018, 12:35 PM)
. (We need the meditating Ommmm smilie, lol.)


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Whoo hoo!! I must have totally missed them before, but I see them now at the bottom. Thank you!
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 Posted: Jul 11 2018, 01:09 PM
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QUOTE (Kamalam @ Jul 10 2018, 09:49 PM)
QUOTE (Skookum @ Jul 10 2018, 04:20 PM)
QUOTE (Kamalam @ Jul 10 2018, 12:35 PM)
. (We need the meditating Ommmm smilie, lol.)


https://s20.postimg.cc/z47y7ppbh/meditate-lotus.gif https://s20.postimg.cc/5p29ypshp/meditate-f.gif
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Whoo hoo!! I must have totally missed them before, but I see them now at the bottom. Thank you!

You're right; I had neglected them & added them there yesterday. There are so many & I love them all. //files.jcink.net/html/emoticons/laugh.gif
THANKS FOR THE REMINDER!
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