Rescuers Facing Challenges

Rescuers facing challenges

In Japan, rescue crews continue to dig through rubble in search of survivors following days of heavy rain that led to flooding and landslides.
More than 170 people are dead and dozens are still missing. Throughout the disaster-hit areas, scenes of destruction and devastation are visible.

Officials have confirmed more than 440 landslides across 29 prefectures. But they say they have yet to fully grasp the extent of the damage.

About 75,000 people have been called in to help.

Officials have also started recruiting volunteers for the cleanup effort, including high school students.

More than 7,000 people are in temporary shelters.
They're also facing another challenge -- rising temperatures.

One evacuee said "It's pretty hot in the daytime. I'm worried because some people have fallen ill."

The Meteorological Agency says daytime highs reached over 30 degrees Celsius in many areas on Wednesday in addition to high humidity.

In some places, daytime highs could reach around 35 degrees for the next week or so.

Officials say evacuees and people taking part in recovery work need to keep hydrated to avoid heatstroke.

Adding to the difficulties, disruption to the water supply in some places is leading to long lines at water trucks.

The health ministry is also warning about potential food poisoning. In the past, survivors have fallen ill after eating food that was left out too long at shelters.

And some people are still facing more imminent danger.

Water levels continue to rise at reservoirs in Hiroshima Prefecture. And several have overflowed. Officials have issued warnings for the cities of Fukuyama and Takehara.