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Landslide death toll just below 40

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 00:49

At least 39 people have died, dozens others are still missing after a massive landslide in Hiroshima, Japan. Julie Noce reports.

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Search and rescue teams continue digging through debris in Hiroshima Japan after several landslides claimed the lives of at least 39 people. The dirt and earth buried buildings and crumbled asphalt after the region received a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours. Some 2500 military personnel worked with rescue teams around the clock searching for those still missing. Some, like this woman say she's just happy to be alive as the landslides tore through homes and apartment buildings while people slept. Officials say Hiroshima usually gets about 9 inches of rain in the month of August, but got about half of that in just one afternoon. Local media said more than 30 people died in a similar experience about 15 years ago as the geology of the region is particularly vulnerable to landslides.

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Landslide death toll just below 40

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 00:49