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Six unaccounted for after landslide in Japan

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers carry the a person found under landslide rubble following an earthquake in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan April 19, 2016. — Reuters pic
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers carry the a person found under landslide rubble following an earthquake in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan April 19, 2016. — Reuters pic

TOKYO, April 11 — At least six people were unaccounted for this morning after a landslide hit their houses in southern Japan, local police said.

“Three houses were buried after a landslide” in a mountainous area of Nakatsu City, a police spokesman said.

“Six people (believed to be in there) were unaccounted for after that,” the official said, adding a resident in the neighbourhood called for rescue.

Search operations were continuing while troops are expected to arrive later to help. — AFP

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