A CRASH initial volunteer team visited one of the severely affected areas (Tenno area) in Kure city, where landslides are continuing and there is still no running water in some areas. After the flood the survivors are also suffering from heat wave - today's temperature was over 35°C (95°F). The Kure Christian volunteer center will begin tomorrow to send volunteers to help the survivors. CRASH Japan is going to support them through volunteer coordination and emotional and spiritual care.
To give you an idea of how wide-spread this disaster is, here is animation of the amount of water in the soil over time in Western Japan. The saturation of the soil made the mountainous areas ripe for landslides.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN These graphs and maps compiled by NHK World illustrate the intensity and scope of the worst torrential rains in Japan in 30 years. The amount of rain soaking the ground raised the risk of mudslides.