At least 80 people they are still missing after the landslide that swept away over the weekend 130 houses and palaces in the Japanese town of Atami, killing at least three people. Whole buildings were overwhelmed by the debris that a devastating impact force poured along the slope of the hill, following the torrential rains.
The search for rescuers continues, with over 1,500 members of the Self-Defense Forces engaged in the work. As reported by theHandle, in the last few hours 23 people were rescued, including a mother with a newborn, extracted from inside a building covered in debris. Both are in good condition and life threatening.
🔵#Japan At least 20 missing people ad #Atami for the landslide – a real river of mud – that swept the popular tourist resort, located about 200 km south of Tokyo. Heavy rains have been falling in the area for days. pic.twitter.com/mfFqS5p8XG
– Rai Radio1 (@ Radio1Rai) July 3, 2021
The Japanese authorities have suggested a 37,500 residents of the area to abandon their homes, but the orders are not binding. The National Meteorological Agency predicts further precipitation that it could cause new landslides of the territory.
– Sofiane (@ sofianeyanni23) July 3, 2021
Over the past three days, a amount of rain equivalent to the average for the entire month of July. This is an unusual phenomenon that, according to meteorologists, is destined to repeat itself with increasing frequency in the face of climate change, which makes the traditional rainy season in Japan, in the six weeks from June to July, even more unpredictable.
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