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Effective disaster response should focus on rescue, needed supplies

12 5 8
10.07.2018

With the death toll from record floods in western Japan rising fast, the government and disaster responders should naturally put the highest priority on search-and-rescue operations.

They need to mobilize all available resources for this race against the clock.

At the same time, however, organized efforts are also needed to provide support for survivors, including the operation of evacuation centers.

Record rainfall in western parts of Japan has already claimed more than 100 lives, mainly in Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures, shaping up as an epic disaster.

Landslides and flooding due to violent downpours seem to have occurred in wide areas in the region on July 6 and 7. The first 72 hours, or three days, after such a disaster are critical, it is generally said, because the survival rate among people trapped in collapsed houses and other similar situations starts falling sharply after that period.

Tens of thousands of rescue workers deployed from around the country--firefighters, police officers,........

© The Asahi Shimbun