Police in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Sunday that a mother and her two children drowned after the car they were in was caught in a flash flood as they were leaving a campsite following heavy rain on Friday night. The body of Rumi Omori, 42, was found late Friday night, while the bodies of her daughter Mana, 9, and son Gaifu, 7, were found Saturday morning, TBS quoted police as saying.
According to police, the car, driven by Rumi's husband Shinya Omori, 43, was hit by a powerful surge of water as it tried to cross the Kochi River at around 8 p.m. Friday. The family had been camping at the Nishi Tanzawa camping ground.
Local river management officials estimated the water force as being 100 times greater than normal, TBS reported.
According to the weather bureau, more than 51 millimeters of rain fell in the 30 minutes from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Omori told police afterwards that there had been no alert from the campsite manager to evacuate, but that he decided it would be safer to cross the river, where his family had camped, to the main campsite on the other side. Police said that as the family's car crossed the river, which was ankle-deep at the time, it was caught in a surge of water one meter deep, TBS reported.
Police said the car overturned. Although Omori was able to get out, his wife and two children were swept away, police said.© Japan Today