Death toll in Japan landslides rises to 50By Yoko Wakatsuki and Mayra Cuevas, CNN Updated 1:04 AM ET, Sun August 24, 2014Just WatchedReport: Landslides kill 39 in JapanreplayMore Videos ...Report: Landslides kill 39 in Japan 02:48Story highlights 38 people are missing, news agency reports Authorities fear the number could be much higher Heavy rains have pounded the area, bringing landslidesThe death toll from landslides in Hiroshima, Japan, rose to 50 on Sunday, and 38 more people were reported missing, according to Kyodo news agency.Rains triggered massive slides Wednesday that swallowed up dozens of homes and sent residents digging in the heavy debris looking for loved ones -- some with their bare hands.A resident of the Asakita Ward, one of the hardest-hit areas, described roads as resembling rivers.A record 9.5 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period earlier in the week, the Kyodo news agency said. More rain came on Sunday, causing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call off a planned visit.Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui acknowledged evacuation advisories came late, Kyodo reported. Matsui said city officials will investigate how they can improve. According to Hiroshima's disaster control center, as of Thursday morning 1,018 people had been evacuated from destroyed houses and moved to public facilities. About 600 emergency personnel were deployed to the area. Rescuers pull out 90 bodies after landslides in IndiaCNN Recommends AIRASIA CRASH10 questions about AirAsia tragedyWith the discovery of debris from the AirAsia plane, investigators move closer to discovering what happened. What are the key questions, and what comes next?AirAsia disaster's lasting impactThe growth of AirAsia has been a regional aviation success story. The reason behind the loss of Flight QZ 8501 will be key to whether passengers start to shun it, says Alan Khee-Jin Tan.'Africa is not a country' campaignThey say there are no stupid questions -- but are there? How about, "Do you speak African?"What broke China's Internet in 2014The year of outrage also applies to China's Internet users in 2014.Swimming face-to-face with sharksOne man swims among sharks without the protection of a cage to make studio-quality, intimate photos of the sea creatures.Turning footsteps into free energyUsing a technology that has been around for 130 years, a company called Pavegen hopes to create electricity from everyday human activities.Father of Web predicts next phaseWhat's next for the Internet? Acclaimed scientist and fatherof the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee shares his insights.Best Instagram art of 2014Gone are the days of grainy phone images with the resolution of a poor imitation Monet.'Killing will be our religious duty'A chilling video shows Boko Haram executing dozens of non-Muslims. The year in pictures "The year in pictures" treks across the globe, looking back on the events that shaped 2014.Defining Moments: Our changing worldEach day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.Scenes from the fieldBrowse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.More from asiaIndian court bans controversial interview with convicted rapistCommercial jet skids off runway at airport in NepalIndia: Rape documentary excerpts 'incite violence against women'