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Abe tours landslide ravaged Hiroshima

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:04

Death toll surpasses 50 in Japan after massive rainfall caused several landslides in Hiroshima. Julie Noce reports.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the site of a massive landslide in Hiroshima where at least 52 people were killed last week. Damage to the region was swift and strong after a month's worth of rain fell in just one night causing the side of a hill to crumble onto buildings and homes below. Rescue crews continue searching for 28 people still missing. Later at an evacuation center, Abe met with residents- some who've lost everything. This man held back tears as he explained how his house and his wife were washed away in the disaster. I feel so much regret, he said. Abe promised to keep looking for those still missing. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING: "Regrettably, there are many people who are still missing. The government will do everything in its power to confirm the safety of these people and make sure they are found." As land is scare in Japan, cities are often expanded into mountainous area leaving homes vulnerable to landslides.

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Abe tours landslide ravaged Hiroshima

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:04