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Agresivo fenómeno climatológico Japón: las torrenciales lluvias ya dejaron un saldo de 112 muertos

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Las lluvias torrenciales que provocaron inundaciones y aludes de lodo en Japón ya dejaron 112 muertos y unos 80 desaparecidos, mientras continúan las operaciones de rescate en la zona occidental del país, informó este lunes la agencia Kyodo.

Once personas fueron halladas muertas en áreas residenciales que quedaron sumergidas en el distrito de Mabicho en la ciudad de Kurashiki, lo que elevó a 112 el número de víctimas mortales.

Las fuertes lluvias comenzaron a caer sobre la zona occidental del país el jueves y provocaron aludes de tierra que arrastraron viviendas, puentes y vehículos.

En el distrito de Mabicho quedaron inundadas 4.600 casas después de que se rompieran tres diques en un río cercano, lo que obligó a miles de residentes a huir de la zona.

Policías y efectivos de las Fuerzas de Autodefensa de Tierra nipona retiran el cadáver de una persona después de que las lluvias torrenciales causaran un desprendimiento de tierras en Kumano, prefectura de Hiroshima, hoy, 9 de julio. EFE

Policías y efectivos de las Fuerzas de Autodefensa de Tierra nipona retiran el cadáver de una persona después de que las lluvias torrenciales causaran un desprendimiento de tierras en Kumano, prefectura de Hiroshima, hoy, 9 de julio. EFE

En la prefectura de Hiroshima, que fue la más golpeada por los aludes, al menos 44 personas murieron y otras 40 siguen desaparecidas, según la emisora NHK.

Este lunes había aún unas 23.000 personas en centros de evacuación en todo el oeste de Japón, informó el Gobierno.

Un frente de tormenta procedente del océano causó lluvias torrenciales récord en amplias zonas del oeste de Japón, de acuerdo con los datos de la Agencia Meteorológica.

En imágenes de la televisión se veían numerosas viviendas sumergidas bajo el agua, algunas derrumbadas, así como automóviles volcados.

Las aguas en el poblado de Kurashiki. Las lluvias no cesan. EFE

Las aguas en el poblado de Kurashiki. Las lluvias no cesan. EFE

El portavoz del Gobierno, Yoshihide Suga, informó en conferencia de prensa hoy que el Ejecutivo aumentó el número de efectivos de rescate de 54.000 el domingo a 74.000.

El desastre obligó al primer ministro del país, Shinzo Abe, a cancelar su gira prevista por Oriente Medio y Europa. Abe iba a partir el miércoles hacia Bruselas para firmar un tratado de libre comercio con la Unión Europea (UE).

La UE anunció también hoy que la cumbre quedaba cancelada "en vista de las trágicas circunstancias". El portavoz de la Comisión Margaritis Schinas indicó que el encuentro podría celebrarse en Tokio el 17 de julio.

El río Takahashi dejó bajo las aguas a la ciudad de Kurashiki. EFE

El río Takahashi dejó bajo las aguas a la ciudad de Kurashiki. EFE

En un mensaje en Twitter, el presidente del Consejo Europeo, Donald Tusk, escribió:"Mis más sinceras condolencias y palabras de solidaridad europea a la gente de Japón y al primer ministro @AbeShinzo. La UE ayudará de todas las formas que pueda."

Mientras tanto, un poderoso tifón se acerca a la zona de las islas del sudoeste de Japón, Taiwan y el sur de China. A las 15.00 horas (3.00 de Argentina), el tifón María, el octavo de la temporada, avanzaba a 30 kilómetros por hora en dirección oeste-norte-oeste convientos de 180 kilómetros por hora y rachas de hasta 252 kilómetros por hora, según la Agencia de Meteorología.

La agencia alertó de fuertes vientos y oleaje en la prefectura de Okinawa.

Agencia dpa.

Una casa dañada en una zona afectada por las inundaciones en Kumano, prefectura de Hiroshima, el 9 de julio de 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU

Una casa dañada en una zona afectada por las inundaciones en Kumano, prefectura de Hiroshima, el 9 de julio de 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU

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