Sight Magazine Update: Three dead, 113 missing in Japan after heavy rains trigger landslides

Update: 11:45 p.m. (AEST)
Tokyo, Japan


At least three people have been found dead and more than 100 are missing after torrential rains triggered landslides in central Japan’s town of Atami over the weekend, a local official said Monday and medias.

One person has been confirmed dead, bringing the death toll to three and 113 people are still missing in the resort town of Atami 90 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, spokesman Hiroki Onuma told Reuters after that floods, landslides and mud cascades have collapsed and houses half submerged. the Saturday.

Police officers conduct a search and rescue operation at a heavy rain mudslide site in Izusan District in Atami, west of Tokyo, Japan on July 4, in this photo taken by Kyodo. PHOTO: Kyodo / via Reuters

The third person killed after the landslides was a woman, Kyodo news agency said.

Torrential rains and landslides are reminiscent of natural disasters – including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and the tsunami – that haunt Japan, where the capital Tokyo is due to host the Summer Olympics starting this month – this.

The landslides, which affected around 130 buildings, occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in Atami, which is home to thermal spas and sits on a steep slope in a bay.

Water, mud and debris reportedly flowed along a river for about two kilometers to the sea, local media said.

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