Tokyo, 3 July 2021 – Two dead and 13 missing. This is the provisional balance of the brake that hit Atami, tourist resort of the Japan in the eastern central prefecture of Shizuoka, about 200 km south of Tokyo. “The land gave way under torrential rains” creating a river of mud that “wiped out houses and inhabitants” and cutting a national road, explained the local governor, Heita Kawakatsu, in providing the numbers of the disaster. According to the tv NHK, Atami fell 313 mm of rain in just 48 hours, higher than the normal average of 242.5 mm in July.
Scary videos spread on social media, showing the avalanche of dark mud descending the mountain and violently crossing the city, overwhelming everything in its path. In the films, people are seen running away and the fury of the landslide destroying several buildings. According to TBS television, the victims are two women.
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He first Yoshihide Suga has created a task force to respond to the emergency that has also involved other areas of the Pacific coast. Much of Japan is currently hit by the rainy season, which lasts several weeks and often causes floods and landslides, prompting local authorities to issue evacuation orders.
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