The incessant rains on the town of Atami, south of Tokyo, do not allow the resumption of rescue after yesterday’s landslide which caused 2 deaths and about 20 missing. Over the entire Shizuoka prefecture, torrential rainfall has been falling relentlessly since Saturday morning, and about 1,000 men from the Self-Defense Forces are on site to coordinate search operations. The torrent of mud that formed at the top of a hill devastated some 130 homes yesterday, knocking down electricity pylons, engulfing cars as it advanced, in scenes that have gone viral on social media. In the area – which is located on a steep territory, there is a high density of houses and hotels, and the authorities have issued an alarm for at least 20 thousand residents after the severe weather. The services of the super-fast Shinkansen trains, suspended on Saturday evening between Tokyo and Osaka, are resumed regularly. Although Japan is accustomed to adverse weather conditions during the rainy season – which lasts for six weeks between June and July, forecasters note that disturbances are becoming increasingly unpredictable as a result of climate change due to global warming. The prefectures of Kanagawa and Shizuoka, south of the capital, recorded in just two days an amount of rainfall equal to the entire average for the month of July.
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