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At least 39 people feared dead in Japan after record rain

Updated: 2014-08-21 22:02:16 (KST)
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Search and rescue operations are in full-swing in western Japan after a massive landslide was triggered by torrential rains.
Thousands of police, military and rescue personnel were still searching for the 43 victims who remain unaccounted for as of Thursday evening.
A day earlier, dozens of homes were buried under a wave of mud and rock near the city of Hiroshima, leaving at least 39 people dead.
Meanwhile, Seoul's foreign ministry says that two Koreans had been caught in the landslide.

(Korean)
"It has been confirmed that two South Koreans who lived nearby were swept away in the landslide and one died and the other was seriously injured."

Japan's weather agency said about a month's worth of rain fell in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday morning.
Officials warn.. more rain could be on the way, raising fears of even more landslides.


Reporter : paulyi@arirang.co.kr

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