© Reuters. An aerial view shows the site of a landslide caused by heavy rain in the Izusan district of Atami, Japan, on July 3, 2021. Kyodo / via REUTERS
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan resumed rescue operations for 20 missing people early Sunday after landslides caused by torrential rains hit the central city of Atami, killing at least two, the Kyodo news agency said.
About 10 people were rescued after floods, landslides and mud falls collapsed and houses were half submerged Saturday in the coastal city 60 miles (90 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, Kyodo said, adding that around 80 buildings were affected.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who convened an emergency task force to address the crisis, called on people in the affected areas to remain on alert on Saturday.
The floods are a reminder of the natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, that hit Japan, where the capital Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics starting this month.
Suga and cabinet ministers were due to discuss the disaster at 11 am (0200 GMT), Kyodo said.
Some 700 people from the Shizuoka prefectural police, firefighters and the Japanese military resumed their search and rescue efforts after dawn, Kyodo said.
In the affected area, where intermittent rain continued, about 387 people have been evacuated as of Sunday morning, the news agency said.
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