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At least 19 deficiencies such as mudslides west of Tokyo hit houses

Tokyo: A powerful mudslide carrying a flood of black water and dirt crashed into rows of houses in a city west of Tokyo after heavy rain on Saturday, leaving at least 19 people missing, officials said. Dozens of homes may be buried in Atami, a city known for hot springs. said Shizuoka Prefect spokesman Takamichi Sugiyama. Read also – International flights: Nepal resumes services from tomorrow, domestic flights from July 1

The public television station NHK gave the number of missing persons at 20, but Sugiyama said the prefecture confirmed at least 19, though he said the number may increase. Read also – Japan’s giant Buddhist goddess makes 35 kg face mask ask for the end of COVID-19

Rainy rains have slammed parts of Japan starting earlier this week. Experts said dirt had been loosened, increasing the risk of landslides in a country filled with valleys and mountains. Also read – G7 Summit Updates: PM Modi to address 2 key sessions tomorrow

Sugiyama said it had been raining heavily in the area all morning. Self-defense forces will join firefighters and police in the rescue operation, he added. Evacuation warnings were issued for a widespread area.

The landslides appeared to have hit several times, about as fast as a car.

The footage showed a powerful, black mudslide sliding down a mountainside, knocking down and smashing houses and sweeping cars away on its way.

Helpless neighbors looked horrified, some recorded on their phones.

NHK TV footage showed that part of a bridge had collapsed.

Atami is a cozy seaside resort in Shizuoka Prefecture, about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

The area hit by the mudslide, Izusan, includes hot springs, residential areas, shopping streets and a famous shrine.

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