Massive destruction: Rescuers looking for survivors at the site in Hiroshima. - AFP
TOKYO: The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 with 38 others still missing 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 yesterday as his presence was feared to further complicate the search and rescue mission as rain intensified.
Abe, 59, has been criticised by opposition parties and some media for continuing to play golf in a summer resort for about one hour after being informed of the disaster, which occured early Wednesday.
Meanwhile, two women were killed yesterday on the remote island of Rebun, some 1,350km northeast of Hiroshima, when a rain-triggered landslide crushed their home.
The Hiroshima regional police headquarters updated the death and missing figures yesterday after a 83-year-old man was confirmed dead four days after unusual downpours caused the deadly landslides. — AFP