Photo/IllutrationA satellite image taken in October 2017, left, and an image shot on July 10 over the Yasuuracho district of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture (WorldView-3 (C) 2018 DigitalGlobe Inc./ Provided by Japan Space Imaging Corp.)

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Some houses have simply vanished while once green rice paddies and roads are buried under mud, as dark streaks from landslides are etched through lush forests.

These before-and-after satellite images show the devastation unleashed by the torrential rains that ravaged western Japan earlier in July.

Tokyo-based satellite operator Japan Space Imaging Corp., which is also the sole distributor of satellite images produced by the U.S. DigitalGlobe Inc., juxtaposed and published on its website July 11 images their satellite captured after the disaster and older photos of the same locations.

The after photos were taken on July 9 and 10.

Images of a settlement in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, show how houses, rice paddies and roads visible in the before photo were either washed away or buried under mud.

To see more photos, visit the website and open the link to a pdf document: (http://www.spaceimaging.co.jp/news/info/1272).