Rescue efforts following the Japanese floods have been hampered by high temperatures causing the mud to harden, while nearly 250,000 homes were also still without water a week after torrential rains deluged the counrty.
The Japanese government has vowed to quickly rehouse the 7,000 displaced and has pledged an initial 2.25bn yen ($12m) to the relief effort.
The death toll has now surpassed 200 and there’s the added threat of disease and heatstroke due to the 35C temperatures and lack of clean drinking water.
The crisis is the deadliest weather-related disaster in over three decades, and has sparked national grief.
“It’s an undeniable fact that this sort of disaster due to torrential, unprecedented rain is becoming more frequent in recent years,” said the government’s leading spokesman, Yoshihide Suga.
As we descend further into the Grand Solar Minimum extreme weather events such as this will increase in severity, due to the influx of Cosmic Rays entering our atmosphere nucleating clouds.