Hiroshima resident Akira Tanimoto on Monday returned to the apartment complex where he and his wife live to check on their unit and their pet birds, which they initially had to leave behind, the Associated Press reported.
In total in southwestern Japan, the death toll has exceeded 150.
Thousands of homes were still without clean water and electricity. That has contributed to the danger of landslides, which accounted for numerous deaths in this latest disaster. We have to eat instant ramen because the supermarkets don't have much food.
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Some 8.63m people across 23 prefectures have been ordered to evacuate. School halls and gymnasiums have been opened to shelter the displaced, BBC News reported.
The town of Fukuyama in Hiroshima prefecture issued an evacuation order over fears that a small lake could burst its banks. Hiroko Fukuda, 40, was there was with her husband, but they had sent her young daughter to stay with relatives after she became so distressed by the evacuation that she stopped eating. Floodwaters had started rising so fast that the elderly couple was caught by surprise.
"We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government", Abe said. At one point during the flooding, evacuation orders were given for almost 6 million people across 19 prefectures.
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One of those lining up was Yumeko Matsui, whose home in Hiroshima had been without water since Saturday.
This has become one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit Japan since the quake and tsunami at Fukushima in 2011 where 20,000 were killed or missing.
There was one brighter piece of news when it emerged that a miniature horse had survived three days stranded on a roof before being rescued by aid workers when flood waters receded.
Sadly, her young colt, Earth, is missing and is not thought to have survived the floods. Many waited hours to be rescued.
"I saw the tremendous scars (left by the rain)", Abe said about his Okayama trip in the task force's meeting, while revealing the government has secured about 71,000 dwellings as temporary housing for people affected by the disaster.
"There are concerns that further damage may occur through, for example, the loosening of the ground in various locations because of the extended period of rain", Abe said. But the government is fending off criticism that it showed a lack of urgency to initial disaster reports after photos on Twitter surfaced on Monday revealing senior cabinet members drinking together on Thursday night, at a time when downpours intensified, displacing tens of thousands of people.