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Overnight landslide leaves 6 missing in southern Japan

AP  |  Tokyo 

Rescuers were searching today for six people after an overnight buried a small cluster of houses at the foot of a steep slope in southern

The landslide, which occurred around 3:50 a.m., damaged four homes in prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands, said.

Four people from one house have been confirmed safe, but six are missing from the three others, said.

Aerial photographs from Japanese media showed a denuded swath on a thickly forested mountainside. At the bottom, a huge mound of earth and tree trunks buried houses, blocked the road in front of them and spilled over into fields on the other side. Blue-suited rescue workers could be seen on top of the rubble.

The cause of the wasn't immediately clear. It occurred in a mountainous inland area known as Yabakei, which is famous for its fall foliage. is also popular among tourists for its hot springs resorts.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 09:00 IST