By Glen S. Ramos
Atami City, Japan — A terrifying video is now circulating in the internet showing a mudslide that suddenly swept through the city on Saturday around 10:30 A.M.
City officials disclosed that two women died and 20 people are missing after the mudslide swept homes through the city located about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo.
Footages taken by residents posted on social media showed the powerful black mudslide shoot down a mountainside, engulfing homes and infrastructure as locals watched in panic.
Police and firefighters are now searching for the missing individuals.
Atami City Mayor Sakae Saito, reported up to 100 to 300 households were affected by Saturday’s mudslide.
At present, the government has issued evacuation orders for people in areas surrounding Tokyo, as well as in Shizuoka, and Aichi prefectures due to torrential rainfalls.
Landslide warnings have also been issued in Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Yamanashi prefectures.
Japan is prone to landslides, averaging up to 1,500 landslides annually in the past decade, an almost 50% increase compared to the previous 10 years, according to a 2020 Japanese government report. (AI/MTVN)