Survivors of devastating Japan floods express shock

Flooding and landslides caused by record rains are believed to have killed more than 100 people, with scores missing.

by

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled a four-country foreign trip as the death toll from flooding and landslides caused by record rainfall in Japan reached 114, local media said Monday. Abe had been expected to visit Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

    His office has yet to issue a formal statement.

    Separately, ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai told reporters after meeting Abe on Monday that cancelling the trip was "unavoidable" in light of the disaster, which inundated large swaths of western Japan, the Kyodo news agency said.

    According to reports, Abe has also promised that the government will provide financial support to residents affected by the disaster.

    Al Jazeera's Rob McBride reports from Okoyama Prefecture, Japan.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.