Rescuer among Many Killed in Japan Landslides - News - @ JEMS.com


Rescuer among Many Killed in Japan Landslides

40 confirmed dead and many unaccounted for after landslides in Hiroshima valley

 

 
 
 

MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press | | Friday, August 22, 2014


TOKYO (AP) — Forecasts of more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 40 people were confirmed dead and 47 were unaccounted for after torrents of mud, rocks and timber swept through at least five valleys in Hiroshima's suburbs after heavy rains early Wednesday. Dozens more were injured.

Among those killed was a rescue worker who was swept away by sliding land while trying to rescue a 3-year-old boy, who also died. Noriyoshi Masaoka, a 53-year-old firefighter, was still holding the boy in his arms when they were dug up from beneath the mud.

"He risked his life, he worked so hard," Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui told a news conference, his voice trembling. "I treasure my staff who devote themselves to other people."

About 2,800 police and military personnel have been searching for the victims, at times suspending their work to reduce risks from further slides.

Rescue workers said the massive amounts of mud slowed them down, while narrow alleyways in the area made it difficult to use heavy machinery to remove debris.

Matsui asked rescue workers to do their utmost over the next few hours, noting that the chances of finding survivors drop after about 72 hours.

Authorities issued evacuation orders Friday for 4,386 people in the city of Hiroshima due to fears of further danger, and a warning for 164,000 others.

The disaster has prompted questions over why so many houses were built near unstable slopes and why an evacuation advisory came an hour after the first mudslide on Wednesday.

Matsui said city officials initially thought the torrential rain was in limited areas and were reluctant to order an evacuation that might be a false alarm in the middle of the night.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mobile Category: 
News


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, international EMS, Japan, landslide, natural disaster

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Salt Lake City Firefighters Injured in Firehouse Fire

Nine sent to a hospital with smoke inhalation.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed in the Line of Duty

West End Ambulance medic killed at accident scene.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Wesleyan Students Hospitalized for Overdose

11 students transported to local hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Rigs Going in Service from EMS Today 2015

Snap shots of some of the vehicles at EMS Today that will be on the streets soon
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Florida Hospital Fire

Fire halts construction project at Tampa cancer center.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >