Japan’s Abe visits flood-stricken Kyushu; death toll rises to 68 Jul 14, 2020 0 385 12345 DPATokyoJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travelled to the south-western prefecture of Kumamoto on Monday, where record-breaking rains sparked landslides and flooding, killing dozens of residents.Abe paid tribute to 14 victims at a nursing home in Kuma village, the area that suffered extensive flood damage after heavy rain caused the Kuma river to overflow on July 4.The area “flooded at an unimaginable speed, which resulted in a tragic event,” Abe said. “We have to learn from the lesson here.” Abe, who was wearing a face mask due to Covid-19 concerns, told Kumamoto Governor Ikuo Kabashima that the government would “put all its efforts” into the early recovery of state roads and the Kuma river.The government plans to spend more than 400 billion yen on reconstruction work in the region, the premier told reporters later in the day.“We will compile measures for the recovery as soon as possible,” he said.The death toll from the downpours on the island of Kyushu climbed to 68, including 64 in Kumamoto, while troops and emergency workers continued to search for 12 others who remained missing.Residents and volunteers have spent days cleaning up homes and offices, though occasional heavy rains suspended their work.Since July 4, torrential rains caused a total of 316 landslides, including 56 in Kumamoto and 44 in Kagoshima prefecture, while 105 rivers overflowed, according to a government survey.Nearly 14,000 houses were flooded or damaged on Kyushu and in western and central Japan, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.The Japan Meteorological Agency expected a seasonal rainy front to dump more rain on Kyushu and other parts of the country, warning of mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers.The agency forecast rainfall of up to 250 millimetres for the Tokai region in central Japan and up to 200 millimetres for northern Kyushu and the south-western island of Shikoku by Tuesday evening. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Taliban kill 11 in attack on Afghan intelligence agency office Jul 14, 2020 0 378 Prominent Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering Jul 14, 2020 0 268 Philippines reports 227 additional deaths from COVID-19 Jul 14, 2020 0 25 Taiwan launches week of military drills amid China tensions DPA Taipei Taiwan launched a week-long set of military exercises on Monday, including live-fire drills, to defend itself against mock invasive attacks. The drills are taking place amid tensions over moves from China, .. Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike Hong Kong Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday to combat a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks .. Thai demonstrators demand higher monthly pension for retirees Bangkok Thai activists submitted a petition on Monday asking the government to increase pensions paid to people over 60. The petition, signed by over 13,000 people, demanded that the prime minister approve a new .. French alleged paedophile dies in Indonesia after suicide attempt Jakarta A French national detained since last month for allegedly molesting more than 300 children has died three days after attempting to commit suicide, police said Monday. Francois Camille Abello, 65, died late .. Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s prime minister narrowly won a vote to remove the parliament speaker during a rowdy session of the legislature Monday, a key test of support for the embattled leader. The Southeast Asian nation .. Sri Lanka shuts schools again as virus cases surge Colombo Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday, just a week after they re-opened, following a surge in new coronavirus cases. The country has reported just 2,617 cases with 11 deaths, but ..