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Fears Japan landslide death toll could rise

The death toll from landslides in Japan could rise significantly with 52 people still missing.

Japanese rescue workers search for survivors following the devastating landslide. Credit: Reuters

At least 39 people have been confirmed dead following the disaster on the outskirts of Hiroshima on Wednesday.

Rescue workers were forced to abandon search efforts overnight amid fears further landslides could occur due to the ongoing heavy rain.

Among those killed was a rescue worker who died as he attempted to carry a small child to safety.


111-year-old from Japan named world's oldest man

An 111-year-old retired teacher from Japan has been officially named the world's oldest living man.

Sakari Momoi has been officially named the oldest man in the world. Credit: PA

Sakari Momoi, who was born on February 5, 1903, received a certificate from Guinness World Records today.

He succeeds Alexander Imich, of New York, who died in April at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

The world's oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

Father-of-five Mr Momoi used to work as a high school principal near Tokyo. He now lives in a nursing home.

'At least 18 killed' in Hiroshima landslides

At least eighteen people were killed in Japan when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, including several children, police and media said.

Thirteen people were also missing, media said, after a month's worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks.

Local residents wait for rescue operation atop of collapsed houses as rescue workers stand by next to them Credit: Reuters
An aerial view shows a landslide that swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima Credit: Reuters
A local resident is lifted by a rescue helicopter Credit: Reuters


North Korea fires two ballistic missiles near Japan

A ballistic missile like the two North Korea fired. Credit: PA

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles, the Japanese government said.

The missiles were launched between 1.20am and 1.30am local time from somewhere near Kaesong in southwestern North Korea.

They flew about 500 km (310 miles) before splashing into waters separating Japan and the Korean peninsula, Japan's Defence Ministry said.

There were no damages or casualties from the firing but Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: "This is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions."

Dramatic footage captures Japanese landslide

Dramatic footage has captured the moment Typhoon Neoguri caused a landslide in Japan's southern main island of Kyushu after passing through the islands of Okinawa.

The powerful typhoon has brought heavy rain across the country, leaving three people killed and 45 injured, Reuters has reported.

Evacuation advisories have been issued for more than 42,000 homes and officials are asking the public to be on alert for further landslides and flooding.

Weather officials say more heavy rain is expected across the country as Neoguri moves east with up to 80 millimeters per hour of rainfall and a maximum wind velocity of 90 kilometers per hour.

Typhoon Neoguri causes destruction in Okinawa

Typhoon Neoguri has caused destruction as it passes over Japan's southern island of Okinawa.

Half a million people have been urged to seek shelter as the powerful typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to its south-western islands.

A wooden house which collapsed due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Neoguri is seen in Naha, Okinawa. Credit: Reuters
A roadside tree which collapsed due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Neoguri is seen in Naha, Okinawa. Credit: Reuters
Women walk in strong winds at Kokusai street, a shopping and amusement district in Naha, on Japan's southern island of Okinawa. Credit: Reuters

The powerful typhoon forced Japanese authorities to cancel flights and schools have been closed.

Forecasters said the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Japan, generating waves up to 14m.

500,000 urged to evacuate as typhoon heads to Japan

More than 500,000 people have been urged to evacuate their homes on Japan's southwestern islands as Typhoon Neoguri sweeps in.

Typhoon Neoguri, with gusts of more than 155 mph, races towards Okinawa island. Credit: APTN

"People must take the utmost caution," Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of disaster management, told a news conference.

Buses have ground to a halt in many areas as the typhoon moves towards Japan. Credit: APTN

The storm will be at its most powerful as it passes Okinawa, some 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southwest of Tokyo on Tuesday, and is forecast to reach Tokyo later in the week.

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