Search-and-rescue work continues on July 9 in wide areas of western Japan, including Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures, while workers repair railway tracks in Saga Prefecture. (Video footage by Kazuhiro Ichikawa and Kenichiro Yoshiyama.)

The death toll from carnage caused by torrential rains in western Japan reached 150 on July 10, the highest for a flooding disaster in the Heisei Era (1989-present), and the figure will likely rise.

The Okayama prefectural government reported 18 additional deaths on July 10, bringing its death toll to 54. Forty-two of those killed were from the hard-hit Mabicho district of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture.

Hiroshima Prefecture has also confirmed 52 deaths. Flooding again hit the prefecture around 10. a.m. on July 10, when dirt and drifting trees blocked the Enokigawa river under a bridge in Fuchu, causing the water to overflow. Nearby residents were instructed to evacuate.

Dozens of people are still missing.

The overall death toll, from 13 prefectures, was the first to exceed 100 for a flooding disaster since July 1983, when heavy rains pelted an area in western Japan centered on Shimane Prefecture.

Rain brought by Typhoon No. 7 since July 3 and a seasonal front that hovered over much of western Japan also caused: 25 deaths in Ehime Prefecture; four each in Kyoto and Fukuoka prefectures; three in Yamaguchi Prefecture; two each in Kagoshima and Hyogo prefectures; and one each in Gifu, Shiga, Kochi and Saga prefectures.

Forty-eight residents remain unaccounted-for in Hiroshima Prefecture, and six are still missing in Okayama Prefecture. The Self-Defense Forces and firefighters are continuing their search-and-rescue efforts over wide areas.

The return of good weather to the heavily flooded Mabicho district of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, made it easier for SDF members and firefighters to search for residents trapped in their homes.

Search work also continues in Hiroshima Prefecture, which was hit by a series of landslides.

Utilities had still not returned to normal services, and high temperatures hovering around 30 degrees have raised the risk of heatstroke among those working outdoors for extended periods.

According to the health ministry, about 270,000 households were without water supplies as of 5 a.m. on July 10, including about 93,000 households in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, and about 10,000 households in Kurashiki.

Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Shikoku Electric Power Co. said about 3,200 households were without electricity on the morning of July 10.

The stalled seasonal front led to heavy rains between June 28 and July 8. Total rainfall over that period reached: 1,852.5 millimeters in Umaji, Kochi Prefecture; 1,214.5 mm in Gujo, Gifu Prefecture; 965.5 mm in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture; and 904.5 mm in Saga city.

Rainfall records over a 72-hour period were broken at 119 measurement points in 22 prefectures, while records for rainfall over a 24-hour period were renewed at 75 measurement points in 19 prefectures.