HIROSHIMA:Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.
Rescue workers feared the continuing rain could set off further landslides in the area after a month’s worth of rain fell in one night on Wednesday, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks.
The death toll currently stands at 39.Abe has been criticised by the opposition for playing several rounds of golf on the day of the disaster before breaking it off to rush back to Tokyo. Critics have also slammed his returning to his vacation villa afterwards.
Among those killed were two brothers, aged 11 and 2, and a firefighter who was engulfed by mud as he was carrying a toddler to safety. The child also perished.