Heavy rains in Japan trigger landslide

Heavy rains in Japan led to powerful mudslide on 3rd July, Saturday morning. At least 19 people are missing after the mudslide swept away rows of houses in the town of Atami, 100 Kms west of Tokyo, Japanese authorities said.

Disaster management officials in Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan, say the mudslide occurred on Saturday morning in the town, known for its hot springs.

Prefectural disaster management official Takamichi Sugiyama said dozens of homes may have been buried, search and rescue operations is in progress and the number of those missing may grow.