Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 12:41
Japan landslides death toll hits 70
A week after huge landslides swamped the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the confirmed death toll from the tragedy hit 70, with 18 people still missing.
Few hopes remain for those unaccounted for, although the fluctuating number - which has risen and fallen sometimes independently of the number of dead - has left confusion as to the disaster's likely final cost in human lives.
More than a month's rain fell in just three hours last Wednesday morning, triggering devastating mudslides on hillside communities in the western city.
Dozens of homes were buried or carried away when tons of earth, rocks and debris smashed into settlements at a reported 40 kilometres per hour.