Japan PM visits slide site, as complaints swirl

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Associated Press

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 25 at 12:31 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is visiting Hiroshima to see search and cleanup operations following landslides around the city that killed at least 50 people.

Rain showers were raising risks of more slides and hampering the search effort, and meanwhile triggering slides in other parts of Japan. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Monday that two women died after a hill collapsed on their home on the northern island of Hokkaido on Sunday.

In Hiroshima, 38 people are still missing after rain-soaked slopes swept through several neighborhoods on Aug. 20.

Abe postponed an inspection visit Sunday to avoid interfering with disaster relief operations. He cut short his summer holiday but has drawn some criticism for briefly continuing a golf game after hearing of the disaster.

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