Rescue efforts are underway in Hiroshima, Japan after several landslides buried people and caused severe damage Wednesday morning, local time.
At least eight people are dead and over a dozen missing, according to the Associated Press, after a wall of mud raced down the mountainside and directly into a populated portion of Hiroshima.
The landslides occurred after heavy rain soaked the area on Tuesday and into Wednesday.
The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that 217.5 mm (8.54 inches) of rain fell in just a three hour period, 101.0 mm (3.98 inches) of which fell in just one hour.
The Associated Press reported that rescue workers were pulling victims from the rubble as they searched homes in the affected area.
This substantial amount of rain set a new all-time record for amount of rain in a three hour period, more than doubling the old record of 101 mm set on August 5, 1997.
A new 24 hour rainfall record was also set for Hiroshima with 257 mm (10.12 inches) breaking the old record of 234 mm (9.21 inches) set on July 3, 1995.
広島市の土砂崩れ被害状況 pic.twitter.com/fMaKWHWA0j— 事件記者 (@heinouscrimenew) August 19, 2014
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