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Rescuers search for survivors as death toll from floods, landslides rises to 157

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This is so sad. Hope the missing have somehow survived. Stay strong. It comes this way and lives get shattered just like that!!!

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I hope all the erased parents with children in affected disaster areas can at least be updated of their children's welfare and wellbeing.

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This gas to be a large failure of the part of the city government.

There was record rainfall for days and surely waters were backed up in a flood prone area (Hiroshima).

Why did a whole town get flooded? The worst areas look absolutely devastated by mud.

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It's a disaster, made worse by a lack of evacuations. If three Mississippi levees breached a whole town would go under in the US too. Look how Katrina played out. The government has got to get people of of these places before the levee breaks.

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Horrible stuff. Stay safe, people.

And not often you hear "cataracts" used to describe rain.

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Just rain, I fear the big one in Tokyo. I have two family members there. Four young children.

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Unbelievable,  Warning seemed too late for evacuation. Meteorologists speculated the record heaviest rain around those areas.

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The government and the local communities should find ways to improve infra-structures and more methods to prevent torrential heavy rains because the climate change will be frequent "natural" events that could be issues of every year. The alert and warnings from the media and authorities aren't enough to help up the weak people, children and elders.

-"Mr. Abe, please go to those hit regions and explain well how to do, only to lament the disasters and the victims won't be necessary your presence there. "

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Japan has to decide. When these events happen, does the government issue the warnings and then MANDATE enforced evacuations. Without exception.

The truth is that most of those that died probably could have been saved if they were forcibly evacuated when the threat was clear.

It is not an easy idea to consider, which is forcing people to leave their homes even if they want to stay.

But.... it has to be considered!

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sad news

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Infrastructure and failings with the authorities should be taken into account. But another factor at play is climate change. Unfortunately, there will be more and more tragedies like this all over the world until there is an aggressive tackling of the problem.

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Many people who have lost their homes and belongings will not be covered by insurance.

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20years ago when on the Jet program I used to be sent once every two months to Nuwa a small island in the inland sea to teach. It was always so beautiful there and I felt so lucky to get to see this part of Japan. Heard a mother and her 2 daughters were killed in a landslide there. Wondering if I taught the mum all those years ago. Not many kids on these islands to ensure their future. The people were so friendly and kind always giving me presents. May they rest in peace

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Japan has to decide. When these events happen, does the government issue the warnings and then MANDATE enforced evacuations. Without exception.

How are they going to do this?  The warnings covered about 2/3 of the country, its not physically possible (or even safe) to evacuate everyone from such a large area.

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Some of you are saying the government should have evacuated people earlier, but if you know how the general public here react to evacuation warnings, a lot tend to wait til its too late (or actually affecting me) anyway.

(i'm up in kyoto, we had evacuation warnings during this rainfall, people were talking about "wow the kamogawa is overflowing and water is rushing like mad", while their phones were blaring warnings to evacuate, yet everyone seemed to think they didn't really need to)

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Infrastructure and failings with the authorities should be taken into account. But another factor at play is climate change. Unfortunately, there will be more and more tragedies like this all over the world until there is an aggressive tackling of the problem.

Glad someone mentioned climate change. Not only will there be more tragedies like this, but agricultural production will be increasingly affected, leading to food shortages and much greater social instability.

I'd like to see some more news reports showing the big picture, rather than close-ups of torrents of water followed my more TV programs celebrating consumption.

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This is so sad. Ask everyone to be safe.

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I know that parts of the San'yo Main Line suffered landslide damage, especially between Hiroshima and Aioi west of HImeji My guess is that JR West will prioritize reopening the San'yo Main Line at the earliest opportunity, since there is a lot of JR Freight and local passenger traffic on that line.

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Even if rains not falling, people in those areas should remain alert even if not yet affected by the flooding and landslides. Fuchu in Hiroshima pre. flooded today due to a blockage by debris.

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I hope and pray that many who are lost are found and all who can be helped are. I am very sad to hear how so many have died. Each is a precious person and loved. I pray for them all. Please keep comments focused on the people and not on issues for now. lets us offer support and care.

CrisGer-san

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The warnings were ringing endlessly. Don't you people live in Japan? Were talking 100 year old infruscture and people living in vallays.

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I am not able to contact my Japanese friend/business partner and his family in Hiroshima. I am worried but I hope they are fine.

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