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174 People Confirmed Dead in Heavy Rain in Western Japan, with 86 Still Missing
Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--The death toll from torrential rain that severely damaged western Japan through the weekend rose to 174 in 12 prefectures on Wednesday, with 86 people still unaccounted for in six prefectures, authorities said.
In stricken areas, where the mercury topped 30 degrees Celsius, search and rescue operations and infrastructure recovery work continued.
According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, 244,620 households had no running water as of noon (3 a.m. GMT). Of them, 211,008 were in Hiroshima Prefecture, 22,757 in Ehime Prefecture and 9,693 in Okayama Prefecture.
A total of 6,985 people were at evacuation centers in 15 prefectures, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
In the Hiroshima city of Fukuyama, as cracks and slides were found on banks of two reservoirs, the municipal government issued an evacuation order to nearby households and started work to lower their water levels.