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One killed as landslide engulfs houses in Japan

AFP  |  Tokyo 

A man has been found dead and several people are missing after a engulfed houses in southern today, local officials said.

"A man's body has been recovered" at the site of the in a mountainous area of Nakatsu city, a said.

Local officials said the body had not yet been identified, but Japan's NHK television said the man was among six people who had been reported missing by a local resident.

The hit in the early hours of Wednesday, and rescuers were searching for five women and one man reported missing after dirt engulfed three local homes.

Local television footage showing rescuers and a digger clearing rocks and mud more than 10 hours after the disaster.

Landslides are not uncommon in during the country's rainy season, when heavy rain can dislodge earth.

But there was no indication that bad weather had preceded the landslide on Wednesday.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 12:05 IST