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81 People Killed in Torrential Rains, Landslides in Western Japan

Kurashiki, with a population of just under 500,000, was among the hardest hit by rains

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    81 People Killed in Torrential Rains, Landslides in Western Japan
    AP Photo Haruka Nuga
    Debris fills a small village following heavy rains Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Kuchita-Minami, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. Searches continued Sunday night for dozens of victims still missing from the heavy rainfall that hammered southern Japan for the third straight day.

    The death toll from torrential rain and landslides in western Japan rose to 81 people on Sunday, with dozens still missing after more than 2,000, temporarily stranded in the city of Kurashiki, were rescued.

    Evacuation orders were in place for nearly 2 million people and landslide warnings were issued in many prefectures, NBC News reported.

    In hard-hit western Japan, emergency services and military personnel used helicopters and boats to rescue people from swollen rivers and buildings, including a hospital.

    Kurashiki, with a population of just under 500,000, was among the hardest hit by rains that pounded many parts of western Japan, with the death toll exceeding the 77 killed in heavy rains and landslides in 2014 and the highest since a typhoon that killed 98 people in 2004.