(JAPAN) LATEST: More than 1,000 soldiers, firefighters and police are working to rescue survivors of a giant mudslide that ripped through a resort town south-west of Tokyo, killing at least three people and leaving more than 100 missing #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: The area is still having heavy rainfall, but arduous rescue efforts will continue,” Mr Suga said, warning residents to watch out for more landslides.

JAPAN: Crews rescue 19 from mudslides in Atami as heavy rainfall persists in the area and Kyodo news agency reported that the confirmed death toll in the town of Atami had risen to three, with 113 people still missing. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga earlier told reporters 19 people had been rescued and 130 homes and other buildings had been damaged ….Please act as quickly as you can to stay safe.”

Emergency workers backed by three coast guard ships were working to clear the mud from the streets of Atami and reach those believed to be trapped or carried away.

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Severe weather conditions have hindered rescue efforts.

The workers were barely visible in the rainfall and thick fog except for their hard hats. Six military drones were being flown to help in the search. 

The mudslide early on Saturday crashed down a mountainside into rows of houses following heavy rains that began several days ago.

Bystanders, their gasps of horror audible, filmed the scene as it unfolded.

Rescuers conduct a search operation at the site of a mudslide at Izusan in Atami
Emergency crews worked through mud and thick fog to find survivours. (AP: Kyodo News)

Witnesses said they heard a giant roar and then watched helplessly as homes were gobbled up by the muddy waves. 

Like many others, Mariko Hattori, an interpreter who lives a short walk away from where the tsunami-like torrent of mud struck, at first didn’t know what happened. 

“The first things I noticed were lots of emergency vehicles. I didn’t know what happened at first,” she said.

“Then I was frightened when I saw the footage.” 

The area of Atami where the mudslide struck, Izusan, is a seaside resort about 100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo. It is known for hot springs, a shrine and shopping streets. 

An aerial photo showing the site of a mudslide at Izusan in Atami
The mudslide crashed into rows of houses after several days of heavy rain.(AP: Kyodo News)

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