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Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation

Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation

KUMANO, Japan (AFP) - Desperate relatives braced for bad news on Monday (July 9) as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water. The government’s top spokesman Yoshihide Suga said 87 people had been confirmed dead from the severe floods, with another 13 found with no vital signs, adding that more than a dozen people were still missing. As floods receded, emergency workers were able to reach previously cut-off places where authorities fear they could find more bodies in the wreckage of homes devastated by rivers of mud and debris. "I have asked my family to prepare for the worst," said Kosuke Kiyohara, 38, as he waited for word of his sister and her two young sons. "I can't reach her phone," he told AFP, sitting across from a house that had been ripped apart and tossed on ...

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