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Japan PM Shinzo Abe to meet stranded evacuees in flood disaster zone

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe headed on to one of the areas worst-hit by record rains as the death toll rose to 179 and thousands of evacuees remained stranded in shelters. Abe, who cancelled a four-stop foreign trip planned for this week as the disaster worsened, was due to visit the flood-ravaged Okayama area to see the scale of the damage first-hand. With dozens reportedly still missing, the toll from the worst weather-related disaster in Japan in over three decades is expected to rise further. Rescue workers were still digging through the aftermath of flash floods and landslides that …read more