Photos: At least 19 missing as mudslide in resort town west of Tokyo hits houses

  • A powerful mudslide carrying a deluge of black water and debris crashed into rows of houses in a town west of Tokyo following heavy rains on July 3, leaving at least 19 people missing.
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A resident looks from a window at houses that have been damaged by a mudslide following heavy rain at Izusan district in Atami, Japan on July 3. Dozens of homes may have been buried in Atami, a town known for hot springs, according to Shizuoka prefecture spokesman Takamichi Sugiyama, AP reported.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

A resident looks from a window at houses that have been damaged by a mudslide following heavy rain at Izusan district in Atami, Japan on July 3. Dozens of homes may have been buried in Atami, a town known for hot springs, according to Shizuoka prefecture spokesman Takamichi Sugiyama, AP reported.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

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First responders observe a landslide caused by heavy rains in Zushi, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo on July 3. Torrential rains have slammed parts of Japan starting earlier this week. Experts said dirt had been loosened, increasing landslide risks in a country filled with valleys and mountains.(Kyodo News via AP)

First responders observe a landslide caused by heavy rains in Zushi, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo on July 3. Torrential rains have slammed parts of Japan starting earlier this week. Experts said dirt had been loosened, increasing landslide risks in a country filled with valleys and mountains.(Kyodo News via AP)

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View of a swollen river from heavy rainfall in Shunto district, Shizuoka, Japan on July 3 in this still image obtained from social media video. The landslides appeared to have struck multiple times, about as fast as a car. Footage showed a powerful, black mudslide slither down a mountain, knocking over and crushing houses and sweeping away cars in its path. Helpless neighbors watched in horror, some recording on their phones. Footage from public broadcaster NHK TV showed a part of a bridge had collapsed.(Twitter @FUSAPOOH via REUTERS)

View of a swollen river from heavy rainfall in Shunto district, Shizuoka, Japan on July 3 in this still image obtained from social media video. The landslides appeared to have struck multiple times, about as fast as a car. Footage showed a powerful, black mudslide slither down a mountain, knocking over and crushing houses and sweeping away cars in its path. Helpless neighbors watched in horror, some recording on their phones. Footage from public broadcaster NHK TV showed a part of a bridge had collapsed.(Twitter @FUSAPOOH via REUTERS)

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Screengrab from handout video released by a local resident on July 3 shows a mudslide that hit a residential area in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu told reporters that the Coast Guard had discovered two people who had been washed into the sea by the mudslide.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

Screengrab from handout video released by a local resident on July 3 shows a mudslide that hit a residential area in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu told reporters that the Coast Guard had discovered two people who had been washed into the sea by the mudslide.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

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A road is covered by mud and debris following heavy rain in Atami city, Shizuoka prefecture on July 3. Both Kawakatsu and Sugiyama said it had been raining hard in the area all morning, AP reported. Self-defense forces will join firefighters and police in the rescue operation, and a minister from the national government had also arrived.(Satoru Watanabe via AP)

A road is covered by mud and debris following heavy rain in Atami city, Shizuoka prefecture on July 3. Both Kawakatsu and Sugiyama said it had been raining hard in the area all morning, AP reported. Self-defense forces will join firefighters and police in the rescue operation, and a minister from the national government had also arrived.(Satoru Watanabe via AP)

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Houses damaged by a mudslide following heavy rain are seen at Izusan district in Atami on July 3. Japanese media reports said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called an emergency meeting for his Cabinet.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

Houses damaged by a mudslide following heavy rain are seen at Izusan district in Atami on July 3. Japanese media reports said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called an emergency meeting for his Cabinet.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

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Firefighters help a resident evacuate after a mudslide at the Izusan district in Atami on July 3. Evacuation warnings were issued for a wide area, including the so-called “Level 5,” which is the highest possible alert.(Kyodo News via AP)

Firefighters help a resident evacuate after a mudslide at the Izusan district in Atami on July 3. Evacuation warnings were issued for a wide area, including the so-called “Level 5,” which is the highest possible alert.(Kyodo News via AP)

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Houses and cars damaged by a mudslide following heavy rain are seen at Izusan district in Atami on July 3. NHK gave the number of missing people in Atami at 20, but Sugiyama said the prefecture confirmed at least 19, although he said the number may grow.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

Houses and cars damaged by a mudslide following heavy rain are seen at Izusan district in Atami on July 3. NHK gave the number of missing people in Atami at 20, but Sugiyama said the prefecture confirmed at least 19, although he said the number may grow.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

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A police vehicle near houses damaged by a mudslide at Izusan district in Atami on July 3. Atami is a quaint seaside resort area in Shizuoka prefecture, about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. The area that was hit by the mudslide, Izusan, includes hot springs, residential areas, shopping streets and a famous shrine.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

A police vehicle near houses damaged by a mudslide at Izusan district in Atami on July 3. Atami is a quaint seaside resort area in Shizuoka prefecture, about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. The area that was hit by the mudslide, Izusan, includes hot springs, residential areas, shopping streets and a famous shrine.(Kyodo via REUTERS)

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