Hiroshima landslide toll feared to more than double
Published on Aug 22, 2014 2:28 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed Friday, as the number of missing people rose to at least 51, in addition to the 39 confirmed dead.
Dozens of homes were destroyed when mountainsides collapsed on the outskirts of Hiroshima before dawn Wednesday, sending tonnes of mud, rocks and debris crashing into suburban communities.
More than 4,000 people have now been ordered to evacuate their homes after forecasters warned more rain was on the way to already soaked hillsides, heaping misery on an area that has seen record downpours.
Firefighters, police and soldiers had to abandon search efforts overnight because of the risk of further landfalls, wary of the death of a colleague killed in a secondary mudslide on Wednesday, along with a small boy he was trying to carry to safety.
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