Rescuers continue a search operation at the site of a mudslide at Izusan in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.
Rescuers continue a search operation at the site of a mudslide at Izusan in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, July 5, 2021.

In Japan thousands of emergency workers are digging through the rubble of a central seaside city neighborhood that was demolished by a massive landslide in a desperate search for survivors.

As many as 130 homes and buildings were destroyed Saturday when the disaster struck the hot springs resort city of Atami, located about 90 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

At least three people are confirmed dead and as many as 80 others are believed to be missing.

Saturday’s landslide was triggered by several days of torrential rains, which forecasters  was more rainfall than Atami usually records for the entire month of July. 

The disaster comes just days before the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics, which has been overshadowed by the rising number of COVID-19 infections across the nation.  

 

This report includes information from the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters