Japan rains disaster: Cruel hand of fate for landslide victims in Hiroshima

The historic rains turned deadly for residents of a neighbourhood known as "Ohara Heights" in Kawasumi 5-Chome, Kumano district, Hiroshima prefecture, when it triggered a landslide which sent boulders and mud down into the neighbourhood, flattening h
The historic rains turned deadly for residents of a neighbourhood known as "Ohara Heights" in Kawasumi 5-Chome, Kumano district, Hiroshima prefecture, when it triggered a landslide which sent boulders and mud down into the neighbourhood, flattening homes in an instant.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
Police officers work through the debris after the landslide at "Ohara Heights" in Kawasumi 5-Chome, Kumano district, Hiroshima prefecture, on July 12, 2018.
Police officers work through the debris after the landslide at "Ohara Heights" in Kawasumi 5-Chome, Kumano district, Hiroshima prefecture, on July 12, 2018. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
A lorry hangs precariously by the ledge in Kumano district, Hiroshima prefecture, on July 12, 2018.
A lorry hangs precariously by the ledge in Kumano district, Hiroshima prefecture, on July 12, 2018.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

KUMANO, Hiroshima - Those who died in the town of Kumano in the western Japanese prefecture of Hiroshima were dealt a cruel hand of fate.

Even as just metres away, life goes on with one family tending to their garden as their three dogs bark excitedly at passers-by, another watching television, and teenagers idling time away at a playground, other lives in Kumano were irreversibly changed the moment mud and rocks came crashing down on their homes on the night of July 6.

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