Deadly torrential rains and flooding batter southwestern Japan

More than 7,000 people were still in evacuation shelters and many more were struggling with basic needs Thursday after severe flooding and landslides last week in western Japan that caused at least 200 deaths.

The disastrously heavy rainfall caused damage over a widespread area, with most of the deaths in and around Hiroshima. Power and water outages were common, and damage to roads and railway tracks disrupted deliveries of food and relief supplies.

Floodwaters have subsided in most places but left behind massive debris including broken trees, furniture and mangled cars that still need to be moved out of the way. (AP)

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<p>Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members search missing people near a damaged taxi after flooding caused by heavy rains hit Hiroshima, southwestern Japan, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Photo: Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members search missing people near a damaged taxi after flooding caused by heavy rains hit Hiroshima, southwestern Japan, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Photo: Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Evacuee Miyo Takeuchi, 7, eats a meal with her family at Okada elementary school, which is acting as an evacuation center, in Mabi town in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Evacuee Miyo Takeuchi, 7, eats a meal with her family at Okada elementary school, which is acting as an evacuation center, in Mabi town in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters)

<p>Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members search missing people after flooding caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Photo: Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members search missing people after flooding caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Photo: Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>A member of Maritime Self Defense Forces searches for missing persons at a flood damage site in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture on July 12, 2018. (Photo: JiJi Press/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

A member of Maritime Self Defense Forces searches for missing persons at a flood damage site in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture on July 12, 2018. (Photo: JiJi Press/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>This photo shows the sites of landslides in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

This photo shows the sites of landslides in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Cars are trapped in mud as residents clean up after days of heavy rain hit southwestern Japan, in Hiroshima city, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Photo: Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Cars are trapped in mud as residents clean up after days of heavy rain hit southwestern Japan, in Hiroshima city, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Photo: Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>A horse stranded on a rooftop after torrential rain, is pictured in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan July 9, 2018. (Photo: @Peace Winds Japan/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

A horse stranded on a rooftop after torrential rain, is pictured in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan July 9, 2018. (Photo: @Peace Winds Japan/Handout via Reuters)

<p>Relatives react to a landslide site where three people were killed, after heavy rain hit southwestern Japan, in Uwajima, Ehime prefecture, Monday, July 9, 2018. Rescuers in southwestern Japan dug up more bodies Monday as they searched for dozens still missing after heavy rains caused severe flooding and left residents to return to their homes unsure where to start the cleanup. (Photo: Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Relatives react to a landslide site where three people were killed, after heavy rain hit southwestern Japan, in Uwajima, Ehime prefecture, Monday, July 9, 2018. Rescuers in southwestern Japan dug up more bodies Monday as they searched for dozens still missing after heavy rains caused severe flooding and left residents to return to their homes unsure where to start the cleanup. (Photo: Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Rescuers conduct a search operation for missing persons in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan July 9, 2018. (Photo: Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Rescuers conduct a search operation for missing persons in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan July 9, 2018. (Photo: Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>This photo shows an submerged housing area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan, July 9, 2018. People prepared for risky search and cleanup efforts in southwestern Japan on Monday, where several days of heavy rainfall had set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

This photo shows an submerged housing area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan, July 9, 2018. People prepared for risky search and cleanup efforts in southwestern Japan on Monday, where several days of heavy rainfall had set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Rescuers prepare to start a search mission for missing person at the site of a landslide in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Rescuers prepare to start a search mission for missing person at the site of a landslide in Kumano town, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Emergency teams rest outside of structural damage caused by heavy rains, July 9, 2018, in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo: Haruka Nuga/AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Emergency teams rest outside of structural damage caused by heavy rains, July 9, 2018, in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo: Haruka Nuga/AP)

<p>Emergency rescue teams recover the body of a victim in the heavy rains, July 9, 2018, in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo: Haruka Nuga/AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Emergency rescue teams recover the body of a victim in the heavy rains, July 9, 2018, in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo: Haruka Nuga/AP)

<p>Houses are damaged by mudslide following heavy rains in Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 7, 2018. Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands Sunday. (Photo: Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Houses are damaged by mudslide following heavy rains in Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 7, 2018. Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands Sunday. (Photo: Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>An overturned car is seen on a road following heavy rain in Ozu city, Ehime prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 8, 2018. (Photo: Michi Ono/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

An overturned car is seen on a road following heavy rain in Ozu city, Ehime prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 8, 2018. (Photo: Michi Ono/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Rescuers on boats head for search in the partly submerged area in water after heavy rain in Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 8, 2018. Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands Sunday. (Photo: Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Rescuers on boats head for search in the partly submerged area in water after heavy rain in Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 8, 2018. Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands Sunday. (Photo: Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Debris fills a small village following heavy rains on July 8, 2018, in Kuchita-Minami, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. Searches continued Sunday night for dozens of victims still missing from the heavy rainfall that hammered southern Japan for the third straight day. (Photo: Haruka Nuga/AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Debris fills a small village following heavy rains on July 8, 2018, in Kuchita-Minami, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. Searches continued Sunday night for dozens of victims still missing from the heavy rainfall that hammered southern Japan for the third straight day. (Photo: Haruka Nuga/AP)

<p>An aerial view shows a local resident being rescued from a submerged house by rescue workers using helicopter at a flooded area in Kurashiki, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

An aerial view shows a local resident being rescued from a submerged house by rescue workers using helicopter at a flooded area in Kurashiki, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters)

<p>Elderly people are rescued on boat as the city is flooded following heavy rain in Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 8, 2018. Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands on Sunday. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Elderly people are rescued on boat as the city is flooded following heavy rain in Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, July 8, 2018. Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands on Sunday. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Buildings are almost submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Shingo Nishizume/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Buildings are almost submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Shingo Nishizume/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Residents are rescued by boat in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Residents are rescued by boat in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>People waif to be rescued on the top of a house almost submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Shingo Nishizume/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

People waif to be rescued on the top of a house almost submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Shingo Nishizume/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Rescue workers are seen next to houses damaged by a landslide following heavy rain in Hiroshima, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Rescue workers are seen next to houses damaged by a landslide following heavy rain in Hiroshima, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters)

<p>Residents are evacuated to a safer place from floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Koki Sengoku/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Residents are evacuated to a safer place from floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Koki Sengoku/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Residents are rescued from a flooded area by Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers in Kurashiki, southern Japan, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Residents are rescued from a flooded area by Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers in Kurashiki, southern Japan, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters)

<p>Residential areas are flooded in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Residential areas are flooded in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Workers search for missing person at the site of a landslide caused by a heavy rain in Kitakyushu, southern Japan Friday, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Workers search for missing person at the site of a landslide caused by a heavy rain in Kitakyushu, southern Japan Friday, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Residents are rescued from a flooded area by Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers in Kurashiki, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Residents are rescued from a flooded area by Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers in Kurashiki, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters)

<p>Residential buildings are damaged by a landslide caused by heavy rains in Sakacho, Hiroshima prefecture, south western Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Residential buildings are damaged by a landslide caused by heavy rains in Sakacho, Hiroshima prefecture, south western Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>A train remains derailed by a landslide caused by heave rains in Karatsu, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Tsuyoshi Ueda/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

A train remains derailed by a landslide caused by heave rains in Karatsu, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Tsuyoshi Ueda/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Katsura river is seen swollen due to a heavy rain in Kyoto, western Japan Friday, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Katsura river is seen swollen due to a heavy rain in Kyoto, western Japan Friday, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Train tracks and vehicles are buried in mud caused by a heavy rain in Sakacho, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Deadly torrential rains batter Japan

Train tracks and vehicles are buried in mud caused by a heavy rain in Sakacho, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

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