TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry expressed sympathy with Japan over recent deaths and damages from floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall.
In a statement on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi offered sympathy to the Japanese government, people and families of victims of flooding and landslide that have killed tens of people and caused heavy damages.
The death toll from floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rains on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu has risen to 20, with 14 people missing, according to public broadcaster NHK.
More heavy rain was forecast after Saturday’s deadly deluge in the Kumamoto prefecture, in what has become Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis in October last year left about 90 people dead.
Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides hampered search and rescue operations throughout Sunday, including at a care home where more than a dozen people have died and scores were still stranded.
Helicopters and boats have been used as more than 40,000 defense troops, the coast guard and fire brigades continue efforts to rescue people from their homes.
- source : Tasnim, Irannews