Eighteen killed and over a dozen still missing in landslides caused by heavy rain in western Japanese city of Hiroshima. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Eighteen people were confirmed dead and over a dozen were still missing on Wednesday (August 20) after landslides in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima caused by heavy rains.
Japanese media had reported that parts of Hiroshima city had seen their highest recorded levels of rainfall ever, with some areas seeing 204 millimetres (8.03 inches) of rain in 3 hours.
In three separate areas of Hiroshima city, landslides sparked by the heavy rains pushed rivers of mud through people's homes.
The city of Hiroshima had issued a landslide warning at slightly past 1 a.m. local time but many residents didn't realize anything was amiss until they saw their neighbourhoods floating away.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was playing a game of golf outside of Tokyo when he got the news, returned to his official office and announced that the government would deploy troops to help in the cleanup.
Japanese officials clarified that around 130 troops had already reached the scene and around 500 more were on the way.
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