Japan landslides leave many people missing

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A child holds a bowl of porridge cooked by volunteers in front of temporary tents set up at the quake-hit area in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian county in southwest China's Yunnan Province Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Some 10,000 troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to clear roads and dig out survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated the efforts. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A child holds a bowl of porridge cooked by volunteers in front of temporary tents set up at the quake-hit area in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian county in southwest China's Yunnan Province Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Some 10,000 troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to clear roads and dig out survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated the efforts. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A child holds a bowl of porridge cooked by volunteers in front of temporary tents set up at the quake-hit area in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian county in southwest China's Yunnan Province Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Some 10,000 troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to clear roads and dig out survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated the efforts. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A child holds a bowl of porridge cooked by volunteers in front of temporary tents set up at the quake-hit area in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian county in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Some 10,000 troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to clear roads and dig out survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated the efforts. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Rescuers were struggling to find survivors in the intermittent rain in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima, as more than 40 people remained unaccounted for in landslides, police said Friday.

About 2,800 rescuers, including troops, suspended operations temporarily in the afternoon amid fears that rain could spark fresh mudslides in the northern part of Hiroshima city, 700 kilometres south-west of Tokyo, the broadcaster NHK reported.

Forty people are confirmed dead after torrential rain triggered mudslides in more than 50 places in the area early Wednesday, police said.

Disaster Management Minister Keiji Furuya told a government meeting that rescue operations could be prolonged.

The Japan Meteorological Agency forecast torrential rains could hit wide areas of northern and western Japan.

 

 

 

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