Friday, September 11, 2015

Japan Flooding

[CNN] In the latest area to suffer from extreme flooding caused by a lingering rainy season and compounded by a tropical storm, rescue teams in Osaki City, in the northeastern prefecture of Misaki, are battling to save residents after a section of a levee containing the Shibui River broke early Friday morning.
Around 100 buildings in the city have been flooded, prompting calls from residents to the city government and emergency services for aid.
As many as 1,000 people live in the affected area, the city's disaster prevention office told CNN Friday, but the office could not confirm how many were seeking rescue. More than 700 Osaki residents have been temporarily placed in shelters according to NHK, Japan's state media.
Rescue workers including firefighters and members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) were using boats and helicopters to reach residents. The disaster prevention office said that 115 people had been rescued as of 2.50 p.m. Friday (1:50 a.m. Friday ET). Read More