Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.
At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, the government said Wednesday. Dozens of houses were buried when a wall of mud thundered down a hillside in Hiroshima overnight, television pictures showed, as rescuers scoured the scene for any signs of life. "According to the National Police Department, the death toll has reached 18 while 13 others are unaccounted for," an official at the disaster management office of the Cabinet Office said. The number of dead rose rapidly from an initial toll of four, although emergency services said it was too early to tell exactly how many people had lost their lives.