Landslides engulf homes in Japan

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In this aerial photo, rescue workers search for survivors after a massive landslide swept through residential areas in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A several people died and at least a dozen were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

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The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 with 38 others missing on Sunday as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called off a planned inspection tour of the western Japan city by helicopter on the day as his presence was feared to further complicate the search and rescue mission as rain intensified, media reports said. (AP)

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