Japan PM meets evacuees in flood disaster zone; toll hits 179 Jul 12, 2018 0 450 12345 AFPKURASHIKIJAPAN'S prime minister met Wednesday with people forced from their homes by devastating rains that have killed at least 179 people, as the government said it would review its disaster management plans.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who cancelled a foreign trip planned for this week as the disaster worsened, met some of the thousands of people still in shelters during a trip to the flood-ravaged Okayama area. He made no public comments, speaking briefly and privately with individuals, including an elderly lady who bowed slightly as the prime minister approached.Dozens of people are still missing and the toll from the worst weather-related disaster in Japan in over three decades is expected to rise further.With questions mounting about why the rains were so deadly, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said disaster management policies would be reexamined."In recent years we have seen damage from heavy rains that is much worse than in previous years,"he said."We have to review what the government can do to reduce the risks."Rescue efforts are beginning to wind down, nearly a week after the rains began, and hopes that new survivors could be found have faded.Over 10,000 people are still in shelters across large parts of central and western Japan, local media said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Thai cave boys were sedated before dramatic rescue Jul 12, 2018 0 68 Suspected cattle thieves 'kill 26' in NW Nigeria raid Jul 12, 2018 0 44 Financier linked to 1MDB scandal 'flees to China' Jul 12, 2018 0 40 'Clear evidence of need' in N Korea: UN aid chief SEOUL The United Nations'humanitarian chief said on Wednesday he had seen"clear evidence"of need in North Korea -- where one fifth of children are malnourished -- during a rare trip. Mark Lowcock's visit to the .. Japanese nurse may have killed 20 patients: media TOKYO A former nurse who allegedly killed as many as 20 elderly patients by injecting their intravenous drips with chemicals is in police custody, Japanese media said. The suspect reportedly said she wanted to control .. Ashes of Japan cult guru to be scattered at sea TOKYO The cremated remains of the executed guru of the Japanese doomsday cult behind a deadly 1995 sarin gas attack will be scattered at sea to avoid creating a pilgrimage site for his followers, media reported on .. UN to take up South Sudan arms ban AFP NEW YORK THE UN Security Council is expected to vote this week on imposing an arms embargo against South Sudan, a US proposal which follows a power-sharing agreement between warring leaders. The United States is South .. Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens TAIPEI Schools and offices were closed in parts of Taiwan on Wednesday as Typhoon Maria skirted the island bringing torrential rain and powerful winds. Officials had warned of floods and landslides, evacuating .. VP to Duterte: Mind economy instead of insulting God, me Agencies/Inquirer MANILA PHILIPPINE Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday shot back at President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that she could not lead the Philippines because she is incompetent, saying the chief .. Zimbabwe opposition takes to streets in vote-rigging warning AFP HARARE THOUSANDS of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare on Wednesday demanding fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30 vote. The .. Seoul bars Korean Air dynasty's academic flight AFP SEOUL KOREAN Air's chairman was disqualified from heading an academic foundation by the government on Wednesday and his son stripped of his degree in the latest woes to assail the dynasty. Cho Yang-ho's wife .. Zimbabwe launches space agency HARARE Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday launched a space agency, hailing it as a"milestone"as he campaigns ahead of elections at the end of the month. Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency ..