Japanese PM to meet flood evacuees as death toll rises to 179

Shinzo Abe to tour worst-affected areas as dozens still missing and 10,000 in emergency shelters

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will meet evacuees at on Wednesday at one of the areas worst-hit by record rains as the death toll rose to 179 and thousands remained stranded in shelters.

Abe, who cancelled a foreign trip this week as the disaster worsened, was due to visit the flood-ravaged Okayama area to see the scale of the damage first-hand.

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