At least 85 dead in floods, landslides

At least 85 dead in floods, landslides

Authorities in Japan warn that the death toll may rise in floods and landslides caused by record rainfall in the western part of the country.

They say that, as of 22:30 PM, on Sunday, 85 people are dead and 6 remain in critical condition. At least 58 are missing.

Hiroshima Prefecture was the hardest hit with 37 people reported dead. 21 were killed in Ehime prefecture.

Fatalities were also reported in Okayama, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Fukuoka, Kochi, Gifu, Yamaguchi and Saga prefectures.

3 people are in critical condition in Hiroshima, 2 in Kagoshima, and 1 in Hyogo.

The flooding and landslides are hindering rescue operations.

In Hiroshima City, two elderly people remain in critical condition after a landslide hit a public housing complex.

Authorities say the mud inundated about 20 buildings.

Firefighters are checking if any other people were caught in the mudslide.

The roads around the housing complex flooded, isolating about 100 people.

In Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, firefighters are rescuing more than 100 patients and evacuees left in a hospital.

Local authorities and firefighters are flying helicopters between the hospital and an evacuation center in the city.

Officials say they are giving priority to patients needing uninterrupted care, such as those receiving dialysis.

No one is reported to have suffered major injuries.