Avalanches and Landslides
36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide
36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Rain-sodden slopes in the outskirts of Hiroshima collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, police said. Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters, pulling victims from the rubble. Others gingerly climbed into windows as they searched for survivors in crushed homes. Hillsides caved in or were swept down into residential areas in at least five valleys in the suburbs of the western Japanese city after heavy rains left slopes unstable. Hiroshima prefectural police said 36 people were confirmed dead and at least seven others were missing as of Wednesday night. The Fire and...