TOKYO (Reuters) – Emergency response teams from Japan’s defense force were dispatched to the central city of Atami after landslides caused by heavy rains left at least 20 people missing, the broadcaster said on Saturday. NHK public.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has convened an emergency task force to respond to the crisis, NHK reported, while broadcasting Twitter images showing floods destroying houses and dragging debris.
Rain flooding the city since Friday has already exceeded July average levels for both Shizuoka, where Atami is located, and neighboring Kanagawa prefecture, according to NHK.
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