Landslide kills man, leaves 5 missing in southwestern Japan
Jiji -- Apr 12
A landslide occurred in the city of Nakatsu in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Oita early Wednesday morning, killing one man and leaving five others missing, police and other sources said.

Members of the Self-Defense Forces and the local fire department continued search and rescue operations. A man was found and confirmed dead in the afternoon.

According to an emergency call around 3:50 a.m. (6:50 p.m. GMT Tuesday), four houses in the Yabakei-machi district of the city were engulfed in dirt after the slope of a mountain behind them collapsed, authorities said.

According to the Oita prefectural police department's Nakatsu station, the mountain's collapsed portion measured 200 meters wide and 100 meters high. There were also rockfalls.

Six residents of three of the four houses were missing after the landslide.

11日に大分県中津市で起きた土砂崩れは1人が死亡し、5人の安否が分からないなか、徹夜の捜索が続いています。 11日、中津市で住宅の裏山が高さ100メートル、幅200メートルにわたって崩れ落ちました。住宅4棟が巻き込まれ、岩下義則さん(45)が遺体で見つかりました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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