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Heavy rains leave 5 dead, 8 missing in western Japan

07-16-2010 14:22 BJT

TOKYO, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from torrential rains that hit western Japan this week has reached five, while eight others remain missing, media reported Friday.

In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, three members of a family were buried under a collapsed house after two 4-meter-wide rocks from a mountain slope hit it at around 2 a.m. Friday, and two were confirmed dead at a hospital, Kyodo News said, quoting police source.

Mizuki Kusamoto, 11, was rescued some three hours later, but her 7-year-old brother Ryoga and their mother Rumiko, 37, were found around noon and were confirmed dead after being taken to hospital.

According to the local observatory, accumulated rainfall around the disaster site since last Saturday had exceeded 200 millimeters, but there has been no heavy rain since Thursday morning.

Eight people remained missing in the areas, the report said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said unstable weather is expected in wide areas of the country and called for vigilance against possible further sediment disasters.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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