Updated: 08/20/2014 07:51 | By Agence France-Presse

Four dead as heavy rain triggers landslides in Japan

At least four people have been killed as heavy rain triggered mudslides in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, rescuers said Wednesday.


Four dead as heavy rain triggers landslides in Japan

A landslide next to a group of houses after heavy rains caused by Typhoon Halong fell in Kochi on August 9, 2014

"We haven't assessed the full extent (of the disaster) yet but four people have been confirmed dead," said a spokesman for Hiroshima's fire department, which operates the city's emergency unit.

Rescuers said victims included a two-year-old toddler and 77-year-old woman.

Live television footage early Wednesday showed houses destroyed by overnight landslides in mountains behind them, with muddy water still running through wrecked buildings.

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