two dead and 20 missing after mudslide – .

two dead and 20 missing after mudslide – .

TOKYO – A blast of mud that washed away houses and cars at a resort town southwest of Tokyo left at least two dead and around 20 missing, officials said on Sunday.

Ten people were rescued and no less than 80 homes were buried in Atami, where hundreds of firefighters, soldiers and three coastguard ships worked from dawn on Saturday to try to reach those believed to have been trapped or washed away by the mudslide.

The flood hit rows of houses on the mountainside following heavy rains that started several days ago. Passers-by, their gasps of horror audible, filmed the scene on a cell phone. Witnesses said they heard a giant roar, then watched helplessly as the houses were swallowed up by the muddy waves.

The two people confirmed dead, the two women, had been taken into the sea and found by the coast guard, said Tatsushi Ueda, an official in Shizuoka prefecture in charge of disaster prevention.

Of the 10 people rescued, one suffered minor injuries. In Atami, 121 people were evacuated, Ueda said.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has set up a task force for the rescue effort.

Atami is a scenic resort town in Shizuoka Prefecture, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo. The area affected by the mudslide, Izusan, includes hot springs, residential areas, shopping streets and a famous shrine.


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