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TOKYO (AP) - Japanese police say the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima has risen to 36, with seven other people still missing.

Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters pulling victims from the rubble. Others gingerly climbed into windows as they searched for survivors in crushed homes.

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Hillsides caved in or were swept down into residential areas in at least five valleys in the suburbs of the western Japanese city after heavy rains left slopes unstable.

Hiroshima prefectural police said 36 people were confirmed dead and seven others were missing as of Wednesday night. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 15 people were injured, two seriously.

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