Landslide has swept away homes in the city of Atami in Shizuoka prefecture.
At least 20 people have been reported missing on Saturday, after heavy rains hit Japan’s central city of Atami, triggering landslides, according to the public broadcaster NHK.
NHK quoted local officials as saying that the landslide swept away homes in the city in Shizuoka prefecture.
A video clip posted on social media showed the moment that raging water swept through Atami, destroying several homes along its path as several frightened onlookers ran for their lives.
In the video, a woman was also heard saying, “that’s scary” just seconds before the flash flood hit.
Shocking footage of mudslides in Atami, Shizuoka Pref. Media reports say about 20 people have been swept away and remain unaccounted for https://t.co/FhA5rxy7Fw
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The report said that police and firefighters are searching for the missing, as officials from Shizuoka asked for help from the national government to help in the emergency situation.
According to NHK, record heavy rains have been reported in Shizuoka as well as Kanagawa Prefecture in the last 48 hours, prompting local authorities to raise their alert about possible flooding and “sediment-related disasters”.
According to the Japanese meteorological agency, rains are expected to continue in several areas of Japan in the next two days.