TOKYO — At least 19 folks had been lacking on Saturday after heavy rainfall triggered a mudslide that washed away properties and lined roads in particles in a resort city about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo, Japanese officers stated.
Police, hearth and navy personnel had begun a search-and-rescue effort in and across the coastal city, Atami, and the Japanese Coast Guard was additionally known as in to assist after a torrent of mud and particles tumbled down hillsides and into the ocean.
An official answerable for mudslides in Shizuoka Prefecture, which incorporates Atami, stated that “the safety of 19 people is unknown.” About 2,830 properties in Atami had misplaced energy as of Saturday afternoon, in accordance with the Tokyo Electric Power Company.
Atami, a city of about 35,000 recognized for its pure scorching springs, warned residents to guard themselves from “life threatening” situations after 12.four inches of rain fell throughout a 48-hour interval — 30 p.c greater than the world’s common rainfall for all the month of July.
The Japan Meteorological Agency known as on the general public to train excessive warning after dozens of cities and cities surrounding Tokyo set new rainfall data over the previous two days.
The heavy seasonal rains additionally disrupted prepare service and prompted evacuation orders in a number of cities south of Tokyo. In Hiratsuka, a metropolis of greater than 250,000, the authorities ordered most residents to go away on Saturday morning due to issues about flash flooding.
Yoshiharu Ishikawa, an skilled on mudslides at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, stated that no matter whether or not the rainfall eased within the coming days, the buildup of water within the floor would proceed to pose hazards within the area, which is crisscrossed by hills and valleys.
“Even if the rain weakens, the risk of landslide disasters is immediate,” he advised the Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Hikari Hida reported from Tokyo, and Shashank Bengali from Singapore.