Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Search risk after Japan landslides

Heavy rains forecast in western Japan are raising the risk of more landslides and hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after several hills in Hiroshima collapsed.

Some 40 people are confirmed dead and 47 still unaccounted for, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

Torrents of mud, rocks and timber swept through at least five valleys in Hiroshima's suburbs after heavy rains on Wednesday, smashing dozens of houses. The agency said 67 people were injured.

About 2,800 police and military personnel have been searching for the victims.

The disaster has prompted questions over why so many houses were built near unstable slopes and why an evacuation order came an hour after the first mudslide.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph