Rescuers comb Japan landslide site


Rescuers are still combing through the site of a landslide triggered on Wednesday by torrential rain in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture.

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At least 39 people are now known to have died and rescue teams are working to find more survivors.

The landslide happened in a residential area near a mountain in the Hiroshima city outskirts. Dozens of houses were buried as entire hillsides collapsed.

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The equivalent of a month's rain fell in the lead-up to Wednesday morning.

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Mud gushed through the ground floor of the homes engulfed by the landslides.

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Aerial images (this taken on 20 August 2014) showed the damage caused by the landslide. Military troops have been deployed at the request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to assist in rescue operations.

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Among the dead, reports local media say, was a 53-year-old rescuer who was battling to rescue those trapped when a second slurry of mud came through. Reports say he died with a toddler in his arms.

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Trees fell and houses were buried in mud and rocks, as rescue teams worked their way towards homes.

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Despite intensive search operations, seven people still remain missing.

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