Huge mudslides near Tokyo have swept away residences, killing two individuals and leaving approximately 20 others missing. Since early Saturday, torrential rain has been pelting places along the country’s Pacific coast.
In Shizuoka Prefecture’s Atami City, there have been scenes of devastation. At least ten homes have been wiped away, according to police.
The search and rescue effort will include about 200 personnel from the Self-Defense Forces and police.
Following the mudslides, officials issued the highest degree of caution to approximately 20,000 households in the city. People in the area have been warned to “obtain safety as soon as possible.”
The terrain is steep, and there are many buildings and hotels in the area.
After seeing mudslides nearby, one resident said he ran to higher ground.
About 9 hours after the initial slide, an NHK drone captured footage. It depicts both a strong flow of water and extensive devastation.
It’s the wettest time of year in Japan. The downpours are being blamed on a prolonged rain front, according to Meteorological Agency authorities.
Officials with the National Weather Service have warned that saturated areas in and near Atami could pose a greater risk.
Low-lying areas may see additional mudslides, swelling rivers, and floods, according to experts. People are being asked to stay up to date on the latest evacuation advice.
On Saturday, Shinkansen bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka were suspended. They are, however, back on the move.