The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also expressed his sympathy to Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Searches continued on July 8 night for victims of heavy rainfall that hammered southern Japan for the third straight day, as the government put the death toll at 48, with 28 others presumed dead, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
The Japanese government’s spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture. More than 100 reports of casualties had been received, such as cars being swept away. Some 40 helicopters were out on rescue missions.