'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