Apr 20, 1:57 AM EDT

Death toll reaches 48 in Japan earthquakes


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TOKYO (AP) -- Searchers have found a man's body in a landslide-hit area in southern Japan, bringing the death toll to 48 from two powerful earthquakes on successive nights last week. Three people remain missing.

The body was found Wednesday morning in the mountain village of Minamiaso (mee-nah-mee-AH'-soh). The second earthquake triggered landslides that slammed into buildings and across roads in the Minamiaso area early Saturday morning.

The earthquakes caused widespread damage in parts of Kumamoto city and surrounding communities on the island of Kyushu.

Kumamoto prefecture says that another 11 people have died from illnesses believed to be related to the physical stress of evacuation. More than 100,000 people have fled their homes, and many are living in cramped conditions with limited food and water.

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