This handout picture taken by Japan's Joint Staff shows soldiers and rescue workers looking for survivors at the site of a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/JOINT STAFF)
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Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 32 people and left another nine missing Wednesday, authorities said, after waves of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge.Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima, television pictures showed, leaving rescuers to pick through the devastation for any signs of life.The number of dead had risen rapidly from an initial four, which included a two-year-old boy.Pictures showed there had been at least five different landslides.Japan's weather agency warned more heavy rain was on the way to the area, raising the risk of further landslides in places where tons of mud have already been displaced.In 1999 more than 320 landslides hit the city, including the area affected Wednesday, killing more than 30 people.
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