UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Japan is recovering from the “scars of the terrible damage of heavy rain” that caused major flooding and landslides last week.

The death toll is now up to 179.

Dozens have been reported missing, while thousands remain stranded in shelters.

On Wednesday, July 11, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled an overseas trip to visit an evacuation center in Kurashiki.

More than 40 people died in Kurashiki after a river broke through an embankment.

According to Abe, the government is making “every effort to deal with this crisis since the disaster occurred.”

Nearly 270,000 people don’t have access to water supply, and thousands are currently without power.

New flood warnings were issued on Wednesday despite the cease in the rains.  

Officials are urging residents to stay cautious and alert.