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Japan landslides death toll hits 70 one week on

Japan landslides death toll hits 70 one week on

27 August 2014 | 05:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Tokyo. A week after huge landslides swamped the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the confirmed death toll from the tragedy hit 70 on Wednesday, with 18 people still missing.
Few hopes remain for those unaccounted for, although the fluctuating number -- which has risen and fallen sometimes independently of the number of dead -- has left confusion as to the disaster's likely final cost in human lives.
More than a month's rain fell in just three hours last Wednesday morning, triggering devastating mudslides on hillside communities in the western city.
Dozens of homes were buried or carried away when tons of earth, rocks and debris smashed into settlements at a reported 40 kilometres (25 miles) per hour.
At its height, the recovery operation involved more than 3,000 police, firefighters and soldiers, AFP reported.
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Death toll from Hiroshima landslides reaches 50: police

Death toll from Hiroshima landslides reaches 50: police

24 August 2014 | 05:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Tokyo. The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 on Sunday, as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors, AFP reported.
The regional police headquarters in the western Japan city said 38 other people remained unaccounted for, four days after unusual downpours triggered landslides that swallowed dozens of homes, many of them perched on hillside housing areas.
A total of about 3,000 rescuers including ground troops, fire fighters and police continued digging through mud and debris but the search and rescue operation overnight was halted at around dawn Sunday as fresh rain raised concerns about more landslips, public broadcaster NHK reported.
About 1,700 people remained sheltered at 13 safe public facilities while the Hiroshima city government upheld evacuation orders and warnings for 164,000 residents in the disaster areas.
The body of a 83-year-old man was found early Sunday, raising the death toll to 50, a prefectural police spokesman said.
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