Over the weekend, tragic news was reported out of Japan. Torrential rainfalls were pouring down in western and central Japan and caused dozens of deaths, while dozens of other people are reported missing.
As of Saturday afternoon, the number of deaths was reported at 49, while there were at least 48 people that were unaccounted for. Sadly, by Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. EST, the number of deaths had reportedly risen to 85+.
While the number of deaths is heartbreaking, the number of people forced to evacuate their homes due to the “historic” rains is staggering. Yahoo! reported that 1.6 million people were put under mandatory evacuation orders while 3.1 million more people were advised to evacuate.
Thousands of first responders were sent to the scene in order to try to locate the missing people. Latest reports claim that over 48,000 firefighters, police, and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces were sent to the scene.
The rains began on Thursday and continued nonstop through the weekend. The intense rains caused landslides and flooding. Sadly, dozens of buildings have been wiped out as well.
Please continue praying for those affected by these horrible rains. We will continue to update as more information is made available. Meanwhile, share your prayers here! In other recent news, a "Duck Dynasty" star was injured on July 4th, please pray for a quick recovery.