Japanese leaders promote rescue after a deadly landslide hits the town


Atami, Japan — Atami more than 1,000 soldiers, firefighters, and police passed through a huge landslide that struck a resort town in southwestern Tokyo on Sunday, sweeping homes and cars, killing at least two people and about 20 Got missing.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters that 19 people were rescued in Atami and 130 homes were damaged.

Two people died, but feared that more would go missing, he said after an emergency cabinet meeting. Earlier, disaster officials said 20 people were unexplained, but warned that the number could increase. Shizuoka prefectural officials said three people were injured.

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The site of a landslide that occurred on July 4, 2021 at Mt. Izu in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Cooperative news via AP)
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The rescue team is conducting a search activity at the site of a landslide on July 4, 2021 at Izusan, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Kyodo News via AP)

“It’s still raining heavily in the area, but painstaking rescue operations will continue,” Suga warned residents to watch out for further landslides. “Act as soon as possible to ensure your safety.”

Armies, firefighters, and other rescue workers, supported by three Coast Guard vessels, were working to clear the streets of Atami and reach those who were believed to be trapped or carried away. .. They were barely visible in the rain and thick fog, except for the helmet. Six military drones were being flown to assist in the search.

The landslide on early Saturday smashed down the hillside into houses after heavy rains that began a few days ago. Bystanders heard their horrifying gasping and captured the scene in a mobile phone video.

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The rescue team is conducting a search activity at the site of a landslide on July 4, 2021 at Izusan, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Cooperative news via AP)

Witnesses said they were helplessly watching the house devoured by the muddy waves after hearing a huge roar.

Mariko Hattori, an interpreter who, like many others, lives just a short walk from a tsunami-like torrent of mud, didn’t know what had happened at first.

“The first thing I noticed was a lot of emergency vehicles. At first I didn’t know what happened,” she said. “Then, when I saw the video, I was scared.”

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The rescue team is conducting a search activity at the site of a landslide on July 4, 2021 at Izusan, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Cooperative news via AP)

Atami’s Izusan, where the landslide occurred, is a seaside resort about 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo. Known for its hot springs, shrines and shopping streets.

Kentaro Komiya

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