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At least 134 confirmed dead as Japan combs through mud for missing

/ 02:05 PM July 10, 2018

This photo shows a damaged house in a flood hit area in Kumano, Hiroshima prefecture on July 9, 2018. Rescue workers in Japan battled on July 9 to reach residents trapped after devastating rains that have killed at least 75 people, as authorities warned about the risk of landslides. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU

 HIROSHIMA, Japan — Japan’s government said at least 134 people have been confirmed dead from the heavy rains, floods and mudslides that have struck western Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Tuesday that seven others were without vital signs, and more than 50 people were unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area.

Rescuers are combing through mud-covered hillsides and near riverbanks to look for dozens still missing after several days of heavy rainfall set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area, including Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures.

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All rain warnings were lifted. People who have evacuated their homes have since returned and started cleanup.

But as floodwater largely subsided, more damages became visible. /kga

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