Flooding worsens as workers rush to rescue stranded citizens in Japan

The government has deployed thousands of rescue workers to flood-damaged areas in eastern Japan. Thousands have been evacuated while many stranded residents have yet to be located.

The Japanese government has dispatched some 5,800 police, firefighters and troops on Friday to rescue dozens of people still trapped after Thursday’s disastrous floods. Swollen rivers and landslides left three people dead so far, with over 20 missing in eastern Japan. An additional 100,000 people fled after Japanese officials issued widespread evacuation orders for the area.

“The central government, police, fire officials and military are all working as one,” said chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga at a press conference. “We are doing everything in our power to rescue those in need as soon as possible,” he added.

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