Japan is hit by one of the deadliest natural disasters in its history with more than 170 dead

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Landslides and flooding that were caused by torrential rain in Japan have killed a total of 176 people since the downpour that started since last week.

75.000 responders have been deployed in the area for search and rescue operations . Thunderstorms and landslides in the coming hours could still pose a huge threat for the already battered areas.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and characterized the destruction as the “scars of the terrible damage of heavy rain”.

The rain started to pour on Thursday and picked up on Friday. Over the weekend parts of Japan received between 300 to 500 millimeters (12 to 20 inches) of rain. With prefectures of Hiroshima, Okayama and Hyogo receiving more than 500 millimeters.

The landslides were caused because much of the rain fell on mountainous regions and was funneled down, causing heavy flash flooding.

In 2016 a series of quakes in Kumamoto killed more than 200 people and during the Fukushima disaster in 2011 the death toll was at least 20.000 human lives.

Let us hope for the best and pray for the lost lives and those that survive.

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