Japanese city tries to recover: may take years

Residents started digging out an area saturated with mud and debris from floodwaters from the last week’s unprecedented rainfall, revealing a path of destruction and mayhem second only to nuclear weapons or tsunamis.

 

A city in Kurashiki was one of the most devastated areas in Japan. With the sun now showing the full extent of the damage, access to many parts of the area became somewhat restricted but possible as rescue teams struggled to get food and water to the affected areas.

 

Rescuers as well as the Self-Defense Force were facilitating the necessary activities for cleanup. Their vehicles inched through roads doused with mud in and around the small Japanese town of Mabicho.

 

 

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Cars were scattered all over the parking lots of local businesses and in surrounding fields. Many vehicles were overturned or were washed away as floodwaters turned them turtle and flung them hundreds of meters if not miles apart.

 

The wind carried with it the smell of mud and the moist atmosphere along with the occasional survivor as well as dead body made rescuing conditions a little bit too unbearable.

 

Employees of damaged or destroyed businesses showed up but only to help in the cleanup activities regardless of the damage they also suffered in their homes.

 

A home improvement center withstood the power of the typhoon and were taking stock of the damage that had been one from the typhoon and many were estimating how long the city could recover.

 

Some people weren’t in the best of moods and told the camera crew to stay out and weren’t allowed to film any further. Those that did allow cameras showed the true power mother nature can unleash even to modern man.

 

At another office, rescue workers were busy removing mud from their own office building and even went on to help others despite the smouldering heat of midday.

 

Reference: In flood-hit area of Okayama, residents shocked by scale of destruction say recovery could take years

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