Death toll from mudslides in Hiroshima climbs to 66

AFTERMATH OF MUDSLIDES IN HIROSHIMA
— Rio Kanzaki (R), 16, and her sister Ruka, 14, remove mud from their heavily damaged house in the city of Hiroshima on Aug. 24, after the area was hit by massive mudslides following torrential rain on Aug. 20.  Kyodo News photo

AFTERMATH OF MUDSLIDES IN HIROSHIMA
— Rio Kanzaki (R), 16, and her sister Ruka, 14, remove mud from their heavily damaged house in the city of Hiroshima on Aug. 24, after the area was hit by massive mudslides following torrential rain on Aug. 20.
Kyodo News photo

HIROSHIMA  — The death toll from devastating landslides in the city of Hiroshima rose to 66 on Aug. 26, with 21 others still missing, as rescuers continued to search for survivors and local officials struggled to get a grasp of the scope of injuries and damage.

A week after torrential rains triggered the mountainside disaster, rescuers, including firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel, still faced difficulties, with their search efforts interrupted from time to time due to fears of further mudslides caused by rain.

In a bid to help the rescue operations, the city office has released the names and addresses of residents feared missing in the deadly mudslides, but there are so far no solid leads as to their fate.

With 1,400 people still in shelters and the possibility of a prolonged evacuation, the city is preparing to build temporary housing and provide free public housing, its officials said.

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