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Three dead and 113 missing in Japan after heavy rains that triggered landslides By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Police officers conduct a search and rescue operation at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in the Izusan district of Atami, west of Tokyo, Japan, on July 4, 2021, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Kyodo / via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – At least three people were found dead and more than 100 people were still missing after torrential rains triggered landslides in central Japan’s Atami city over the weekend, media reported Monday. .

A woman was confirmed dead, bringing the death toll to three with 113 people still missing in the coastal city of Atami, 90 km (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo, the Kyodo news agency said, after that floods, landslides and mud falls collapsed and half submerged. houses on Saturday.

Torrential rains and landslides are a reminder of the natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, that plague Japan, where the capital Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics starting this month.

The landslides occurred around 10:30 a.m. (01:30 GMT) Saturday in Atami, which is home to hot spring resorts and sits on a steep slope into a bay. Water, mud and debris are believed to have flowed along a river for about 2 km (1.2 miles) to the sea, local media said.

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