Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left about 20 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations on Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen perished, and scores are still stranded.
Torrential rainfall today in #Kumamoto (southwest #Japan) forced authorities to fully operate a dam #spillway which caused severe flooding in the downstream area. This was necessary to prevent overtopping of the dam and potential dam break! #Flood #Hydraulics #Dam_Engineering pic.twitter.com/ccUiRwb3eg— Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh (@Mo_Heidarzadeh) July 4, 2020
At a flooded elderly care home in Kuma Village, 14 residents were presumed dead after rescuers reached them on Saturday, officials said. Three others had hypothermia.