• Kyodo


The death toll from Sunday’s mudslides and flooding in Kyushu rose to 14 on Monday as rescue workers continued searching for missing people, police said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency, meanwhile, warned of heavy rains over a wide swath of Japan stretching from southern Kyushu to the northeastern Tohoku region.

The Kumamoto Prefectural Government said agriculture, forestry and fisheries-related damage is estimated to total about 726 million yen.

Kumamoto will ask the central government to apply the Disaster Relief Law to the prefecture and allocate subsidies for the local agriculture, forest and fisheries industries.

Eight people were missing in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, and in Nagasaki Prefecture.

The police, meanwhile, identified Monday evening the recovered body of a woman as that of Minako Yoshigai, 47, from the Hogawachi district in Minamata.

They also identified two men’s bodies found in the Minamata River on Monday afternoon as those of Yasunari Yoshigai, 37, and Kazuhiro Yoshigai, 44.

Also in Minamata, police found the bodies of Harumi Hayashida, 45, and 10-year-old Shinji Yoshigai in rivers.

Hayashida is one of a four-member family and Shinji Yoshigai is one of three family members who went missing in Minamata’s Hogawachi district after a mudslide just before 5 a.m. Sunday. The mudslide caused a 300-meter-wide stretch of mountain slope to fall and engulf a dozen homes.

Eiko Yoshigai, 64, her daughter-in-law Naoko, 36, and Tatsue Yoshigai, 75, were also killed in the mudslide.

Also found dead Monday morning were the members of a missing family in Minamata’s Fukagawa district — Natsu Fukuda, 75; her 42-year-old son, Yoshihiko; his wife Chiyoko, 36; and their son Ryota, 3.

The body of Tatsue Yoshigai was found in the Yatsushiro Sea some 30 km off Kawaura, Kumamoto Prefecture. A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and Japan Coast Guard helicopters were searching the ocean in case other missing people were swept out to sea, the officials said.

In Kagoshima Prefecture, the bodies of Yoshiharu Shinohara, a 68-year-old farmer, and his wife Chisako, 66, were found in the town of Hishikari.

In Nagasaki Prefecture, Taeko Ogawa, 62, went missing after a flood washed her car away in Kinkai.

Around 630 police, firefighters and Ground Self-Defense Force rescuers resumed their search operations early Monday for the missing, centering on the hardest-hit Minamata districts of Fukagawa and Hogawachi, local officials said.

The meteorological agency forecast rainfall of up to 150 mm in Kyushu between Monday and Tuesday mornings, 100 mm in the Tohoku and Chugoku regions, and 50 to 100 mm in the Kanto-Koshinetsu, Hokuriku, Kinki, Tokai and Shikoku regions.

According to the agency, atmospheric conditions were unstable over a wide area of eastern and western Japan.

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