Fire fighters walk through an area affected by heavy flooding on July 10, 2018 in Kurashiki, Japan.
Debris fills a small village following heavy rains Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Kuchita-Minami, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. In Hiroshima, 12 people were caught up in landslides in the residential areas of Kawasumi in Kumano-cho section of Hiroshima.
An official there said Wednesday that the alert had been downgraded, but urged residents to remain cautious.
"We had evacuation orders before and nothing happened, so I just thought this was going to be the same", said Kenji Ishii, 57, who stayed at home with his wife and son.
The automaker, which suspended operations at several plants last week, said the halt would continue at two plants until Tuesday because it could not receive components, although both units were undamaged. More than 70,000 rescuers are looking for dozens of missing people, and thousands remain in shelters.
"Since they are supplies given by people nationwide, we want to deliver them swiftly to accommodate the needs of evacuation centers", the official said.
In the city of Kurashiki, 500,000 people endured the worst of the flooding, with some forced to climb to the roof of a hospital to await rescue over the weekend.
While the world fixates on the rescue of the Thai football boys from a flooded cave, Japan was in disaster management and recovery mode on Monday after catastrophic downpours killed more than 100 people.
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Some 30,000 people remained in shelters on Sunday, while the evacuation orders and advisories were issued for almost 6 million people, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
Earlier Tuesday, the Self-Defense Force ferried seven oil trucks from Hiroshima to Kure, a manufacturing city whose 226,000 residents were cut off from the rest of the prefecture due to the disaster. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly mobilized 54,000 personnel for search-and-rescue efforts and set up an emergency task force for the first time since the Kumamoto earthquakes in 2016.
"Mud and dirt is still blocking our local bus route, so we are trying to get that out of the way, so the road can be reopened for buses and cars", he told AP.
"So many people called. Some people have been isolated, calling for rescue".
"It's an undeniable fact that this sort of disaster due to torrential, unprecedented rain is becoming more frequent in recent years", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
Police, Japan's Coast Guard, firefighters and 179 helicopters are involved in the rescue. Critical infrastructure has been hit, including railway tracks.
Abe said the government obtained temporary housing for people whose homes were damaged or lost so they could move in and be more comfortable.
And authorities warned against the ongoing risk of landslides, with rain forecast in some areas on Thursday, as well as heatstroke in other places where temperatures approached 35 degrees celsius.