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‘Tsunami’ Mudslide: 80 Feared Missing In Japan’s Deadly Landslide

The horrific landslide killed at least three people
05 Jul 2021, 02:00 PM
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The world was left in shock after videos of a ‘tsunami’ landslide that swept through a coastal city of Japan, made its way to the internet.

 

 

80 people are feared missing with at least three people killed in the horrific mudslide in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture, with ‘black water’ consisting of mud and rock crashing down on houses and roads.

 

 

The landslide was triggered by torrential rains and destroyed many homes. Rescue operations are still ongoing with the number of missing people coming down to 80 from 113, two days after the disaster occurred.

 

"My mother is still missing," a man told NHK television. "I never imagined something like this could happen." 

 

‘tsunami’ mudslide: 80 feared missing in japan’s deadly landslide

 

Around 1,500 rescue workers including police, firefighters and members of the military are still searching for life in the crushed buildings on Monday, and 23 people have been rescued so far, including an elderly couple.

 

"We want to rescue as many victims ... buried in the rubble as soon as possible," Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

 

‘tsunami’ mudslide: 80 feared missing in japan’s deadly landslide

 

Around 130 buildings were affected in the seaside city of Atami - 90km southwest of Tokyo, which has a population of 36,000.

 

"I just wanted to cry (when I saw what had happened)," 55-year-old actor Naoto Date said when he returned to see the damage of the city.

 

"Many elderly people were living there. The thought that there might be people who failed to escape from the disaster makes me really sad."

 

The horrifying videos of the landslide taken by helpless neighbours are still circulating around the internet, with many people praying for the safety of the people in Atami.

 

 

May the missing people be rescued and Atami recover from the disaster as quick as possible.

 

 

Info via CNN , BBC News , Reuters

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