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Firefighters and Self-Defense Force members make search operation for the people still missing in a mud-covered residential area following a massive landslide in Hiroshima, western Japan, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Dozens of people were dead after torrents of mud, rocks and timber swept through at least five valleys in Hiroshima's suburbs after heavy rains early Wednesday. About 2,800 police and military personnel have been searching for the victims, at times suspending their work to reduce risks from further slides. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT

Landslides engulf homes in Japan

Yahoo News

The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 with 38 others missing on Sunday as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called off a planned inspection tour of the western Japan city by helicopter on the day as his presence was feared to further complicate the search and rescue mission as rain intensified, media reports said. (AP)

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