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Japan broadcaster reports 8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima

  • Half buried houses are seen following a massive landslides swept through residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A several people died and at least a dozen are missing after rain sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way in at least five landslides, according to The Japanese broadcaster NHK. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Shinpei Hamaguchi) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Half buried houses are seen following a massive landslides swept through residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A several people died and at least a dozen are missing after rain sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way in at least five landslides, according to The Japanese broadcaster NHK. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Shinpei Hamaguchi) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • A troop of police rescue personnel head out for rescue operation after a massive landslides swept through residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A several people died and at least a dozen are missing after rain sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way in at least five landslides, according to The Japanese broadcaster NHK. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Shinpei Hamaguchi) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    A troop of police rescue personnel head out for rescue operation after a massive landslides swept through residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A several people died and at least a dozen are missing after rain sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way in at least five landslides, according to The Japanese broadcaster NHK. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Shinpei Hamaguchi) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Eight people died and at least 13 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in at least five landslides.

Video footage from the national broadcaster NHK showed suburban homes in the western Japanese city surrounded by streams of mud and debris, and residents picking their way over piles of rocks and dirt.

Rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters were pulling victims from the rubble as they searched homes stranded amid piles of lumber from crushed houses.

Authorities issued warnings for possible further landslides and flooding due to unstable weather conditions.

Landslides are a constant risk in mountainous, crowded Japan, where many homes are built on or near steep slopes. Torrential rains in the early morning apparently caused slopes to collapse.