In this photo taken by Kyodo News, police officers carry out search and rescue 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 resort town of Atami three days ago, killing four people, mud, rocks, I walked through a debris tree.
Police, firefighters and military personnel resumed rescue operations and stopped overnight around 6 a.m. Monday (9 p.m. GMT Monday).
A landslide occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and there was not enough time for survivors trapped under the rubble.
Atami spokesman Hiroki Onuma told Reuters: “We have not received any new information on the survivors … the people on the ground are working hard on the search and rescue operations.”
The work relies heavily on the manual labor of the rescuer and the use of heavy equipment considered too dangerous for the survivors who can live under the mud.
Atami, with a population of 36,000, is located 90 km (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo and is renowned as a spa resort.
The 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 people missing due to landslide in Japan
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