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Rescue team resumes search for 24 missing people due to Japanese landslide

In this photo taken by Kyodo News, police officers are conducting rescue and search activities at the site of a landslide caused by heavy rain in the Izusan district of Atami City, Japan, on July 5, 2021.Via Kyodo News / Reuters

July 6, 2021

Tokyo (Reuters) – Japanese rescue teams are looking for 24 people still missing on Tuesday after heavy rains caused a massive landslide in the seaside city of Atami three days ago, killing four people, mud, rocks, I went through a tree of debris.

Police, firefighters, and military personnel resumed rescue operations and stopped at night around 6 am Monday (2100 GMT on Monday).

A landslide occurred around 10:30 am on Saturday, and there was not enough time for survivors trapped under the rubble.

Atami spokesman Hiroki Onuma told Reuters, “We haven’t received any new information about the survivors … people in the field are working hard on search and rescue operations.”

The work relies heavily on the rescuer working by hand and the use of heavy equipment that is considered too dangerous for survivors who may be living under the mud.

Atami, with a population of 36,000, is located 90 km (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo and is famous as a hot spring resort.

Landslides are reminiscent of natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis that hit Japan, where the capital Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics from July 23.

(Report by Kiyoshi Takenaka, edited by Stephen Coates)



Rescue team resumes search for 24 missing people due to Japanese landslide

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