Rescues Continue Along Flooded Shibui River

Rescues continue along flooded Shibui RiverEmergency rescue teams are struggling to reach people stranded by floodwaters in a wide area along the Shibui River in Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan.

A 20-meter section of a levee collapsed on Friday morning. The area is the latest to suffer extreme damage from flooding caused by the recent record rains.

City authorities say calls for rescue are pouring in from stranded residents. Ground Self-Defense Force personnel called in to help say about 100 buildings have been inundated.

Firefighters and GSDF personnel are using boats and helicopters to try to get to the stranded people. Firefighters say they had rescued 66 people by noon on Friday.

City officials say more than 700 residents, including those who have been rescued, have evacuated to shelters. About 1,250 people live in the district where the levee broke.

The Meteorological Agency has issued an emergency warning for Miyagi Prefecture. Local municipalities are calling on residents to evacuate to safer places.

Earlier on Thursday, Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures, south of Miyagi, suffered extreme damage from floods.

Twenty-five people are missing in Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture. About 580 others remain stranded and are waiting for help.