Soldiers and emergency crews go from house to house to make sure no one has been missed in the floods chaos.
Hello,’they call out, ’Is there anyone there?’
With dozens of people still unaccounted for, the rescuers of appeals are being repeated in affected communities throughout this part of Japan.
A couple of streets away Hirashi Ishizuka and his extended family have returned to see what they can salvage from what used to be their home.
Like most of his neighbor’s, they go about the task with a quiet stoicism.
And like many Japanese here, they believe the storms have been getting worse.
Recently around here there’s been more rains and the riverbank is just over there, so I’ve been worried.
The river defenses in this city are formidable.
But even they couldn’t hold back the torrent of water.
All Japanese cities have in place elaborate plans for dealing with natural disasters.
But these rains were so impressive dented.
It led to a surge of water that it seems took the local governments as well as people here completely by surprise.
Once this cleanup is over, city leaders will be asking how better to prepare for the next time here.
Hirashi Ishizuka isn’t sure he wants to face a next time.
My feeling is I won’t live here, because something like this might happen again.
Preparing for the future is never certain, made all the harder by apparently worsening weather.