Huge rescue operation underway after mudslide in Japan kills at least two people with 20 missing

A devastating mudslide which swept away homes and cars in a town in Japan has left two people dead and around 20 missing, according to officials. 

The deluge, which crashed into rows of houses following heavy rains in Atami, a town southwest of Tokyo, has left 130 properties damaged and many people feared dead.  

Emergency services made up of around 1,000 people including troops, firefighters and coast guard ships have been working to clear the mud from the streets and reach those thought to be trapped below. 

The aerial image shows the devastation of the mudslide that has ripped through homes in Izusan in Atami

The aerial image shows the devastation of the mudslide that has ripped through homes in Izusan in Atami

The aerial image shows the devastation of the mudslide that has ripped through homes in Izusan in Atami

Rescue workers including firefighters, troops and the coastguard have been working to try and find survivors under the mud

Rescue workers including firefighters, troops and the coastguard have been working to try and find survivors under the mud

Rescue workers including firefighters, troops and the coastguard have been working to try and find survivors under the mud  








Two women have been confirmed dead and were discovered by coast guard services close to the sea. 

Around 121 people in Atami have been evacuated as the rain continues to pour, amid concerns of flash flooding in the area. 

Prime minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters 19 people had been rescued, while officials warned that the number of those unaccounted for may rise. 

‘The area is still having heavy rainfall, but arduous rescue efforts will continue,’ he said. ‘Please act as quickly as you can to stay safe.’

Bystanders watched on in horror as the mudslide, which some captured on their mobile phones, devastated the seaside resort in Shizuoka prefecture. 

A bus was captured buried in the mud at the site of the landslide, which was triggered by torrential rainfall in the area

A bus was captured buried in the mud at the site of the landslide, which was triggered by torrential rainfall in the area

A bus was captured buried in the mud at the site of the landslide, which was triggered by torrential rainfall in the area

Some houses were swept away into the sea by the landslide, leaving many without homes and others needing to evacuate

Some houses were swept away into the sea by the landslide, leaving many without homes and others needing to evacuate

Some houses were swept away into the sea by the landslide, leaving many without homes and others needing to evacuate 

Emergency services have been on the scene hoping to find some survivors under the wreckage

Emergency services have been on the scene hoping to find some survivors under the wreckage

Emergency services have been on the scene hoping to find some survivors under the wreckage 

Rescue workers remove debris from a house damaged the landslide in Atami

Rescue workers remove debris from a house damaged the landslide in Atami

Rescue workers remove debris from a house damaged the landslide in Atami

The picture shows how the mudslide tore through the village, sweeping away homes and cars in the process

The picture shows how the mudslide tore through the village, sweeping away homes and cars in the process

The picture shows how the mudslide tore through the village, sweeping away homes and cars in the process 

Firefighters help a resident to evacuate her home following the devastating mudslide on Saturday, July 3

Firefighters help a resident to evacuate her home following the devastating mudslide on Saturday, July 3

Firefighters help a resident to evacuate her home following the devastating mudslide on Saturday, July 3 

A local firefighters checks a car, which has landed upside down, after the mudslide tore through the area

A local firefighters checks a car, which has landed upside down, after the mudslide tore through the area

A local firefighters checks a car, which has landed upside down, after the mudslide tore through the area 

Izusan, the area hit by the mudslide, includes hot springs, residential areas and a famous Shinto shrine, a structure built to enshrine or house kami, spirits or holy powers or ‘Gods’. 

Witnesses reported hearing a giant roar before watching their homes disappear under the waves of mud. 

Weather forecasts predict that the rainfall is set to continue, with warnings of thunderstorms and showers for another week. 

Landslides are not uncommon in the country, but last year a government report showed a 50 per cent increase of incidents over the last 10 years.  

The report concluded that the trend reflected a rise in torrential rains experienced in the country due to climate change. 

According to the report, the average number of landslides per year was just over 1,000 between 2000 and 2009, but had jumped to 1,476 between 2010 and 2019. 

This image of a car which has been completely destroyed shows the extent of the damage that the mudslide has caused

This image of a car which has been completely destroyed shows the extent of the damage that the mudslide has caused

This image of a car which has been completely destroyed shows the extent of the damage that the mudslide has caused

Search and rescue operations are conducted by firefighters and Japan Self-Defence Force

Search and rescue operations are conducted by firefighters and Japan Self-Defence Force

Search and rescue operations are conducted by firefighters and Japan Self-Defence Force

More than 1,000 soldiers, firefighters and police have been conducting a huge search and rescue operation

More than 1,000 soldiers, firefighters and police have been conducting a huge search and rescue operation

More than 1,000 soldiers, firefighters and police have been conducting a huge search and rescue operation 

Members of Japanese Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) and rescue workers help residents to evacuate from their homes

Members of Japanese Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) and rescue workers help residents to evacuate from their homes

Members of Japanese Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) and rescue workers help residents to evacuate from their homes 

Firefighters from Tokyo have been brought in to help in the search and rescue operation

Firefighters from Tokyo have been brought in to help in the search and rescue operation

Firefighters from Tokyo have been brought in to help in the search and rescue operation 

A rescuers conducts a search operation with the help of a sniffer dog in the hopes of finding a survivor

A rescuers conducts a search operation with the help of a sniffer dog in the hopes of finding a survivor

A rescuers conducts a search operation with the help of a sniffer dog in the hopes of finding a survivor 

Rescue workers have been on the site in Atami, Shixuoka Prefecture in central Japan searching for survivors

Rescue workers have been on the site in Atami, Shixuoka Prefecture in central Japan searching for survivors

Rescue workers have been on the site in Atami, Shixuoka Prefecture in central Japan searching for survivors 

Rescuers have had to wade through mud as part of their search and rescue operation as the rain continues to fall

Rescuers have had to wade through mud as part of their search and rescue operation as the rain continues to fall

Rescuers have had to wade through mud as part of their search and rescue operation as the rain continues to fall 

This image shows the extent of the damage done by the mudslide, which has swept this house away

This image shows the extent of the damage done by the mudslide, which has swept this house away

This image shows the extent of the damage done by the mudslide, which has swept this house away 

In 2018, the country was hit by 3,459 landslides, triggered by heavy rainfall. In 2019, similar conditions triggered 1,996 landslides. 

Exactly one year ago, on July 4 2020, severe flooding hit the southern Japanese island of Kyushu following heavy rainfall, with millions ordered to evacuate their homes. 

The rainfall triggered 12 different landslide events and 77 people were killed. 

A Japan Self-Defence Force (JSDF) soldier carries a search dog at the site of the landslide

A Japan Self-Defence Force (JSDF) soldier carries a search dog at the site of the landslide

A Japan Self-Defence Force (JSDF) soldier carries a search dog at the site of the landslide

A man removes mud with a bulldozer at the site of the landslide following torrential rain

A man removes mud with a bulldozer at the site of the landslide following torrential rain

A man removes mud with a bulldozer at the site of the landslide following torrential rain 

A cooking pan pictured covered in mud following the landside which has decimated people's homes

A cooking pan pictured covered in mud following the landside which has decimated people's homes

A cooking pan pictured covered in mud following the landside which has decimated people’s homes 

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