24 people still missing from Japan mudslide, 41 confirmed safe | Inquirer News
Close  

24 people still missing from Japan mudslide, 41 confirmed safe

/ 05:21 PM July 06, 2021
japan atami mudslide

Rescue workers search for missing people in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday morning. The Japan News/Asia News Network

ATAMI, Shizuoka — A total of 24 people remain unaccounted for after the weekend mudslide disaster in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, the city’s municipal government said Tuesday.

After the names of 64 missing people were released Monday evening, the city confirmed the whereabouts of 41 of them, while another person was added to the list of missing people. Eight men and 16 women are still missing.

ADVERTISEMENT

About 1,700 rescuers, including police, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel, are endeavoring to find the missing people in the area hit by the mudslide on Saturday morning in the city’s Izusan district. Seventy-two hours have passed since the disaster occurred, a point at which it becomes difficult to find survivors.

The names of 64 people who were missing as of Monday evening were released by the prefecture and the city on their respective websites and other media. The list was based on the resident registry. The city’s disaster control headquarters then received phone calls from some of the people or their relatives.

FEATURED STORIES

“The release of the list produced good results,” Atami Mayor Sakae Saito said during a press conference on Tuesday morning.

However, the daughter of a married couple whose names are on the list was newly confirmed as being missing. The daughter lived with her parents, but her name was not on the list because her residency was unregistered.

About 360 police, 770 firefighters, 410 SDF personnel and 180 Japan Coast Guard members resumed searching for the missing at 6 a.m. Tuesday, continuing to focus on the area near the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train tracks, where there is a cluster of homes.

The rain finally stopped Tuesday morning. However, the Shizuoka Local Meteorological Office said the weather will be unstable from Wednesday to Sunday due to the effect of the seasonal rain front.

Small cracks have been observed near the mudslide’s starting point, raising concern that a second disaster could occur. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry set up a surveillance camera at the collapsed area and began livestreaming on YouTube on Monday.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, 572 people have evacuated. Some homes in the area have no running water. The city is housing evacuees in two local hotels and one elementary school.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Atami, Japan, mudslide, rescue
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.