At least 19 people were missing on Saturday after heavy rainfall caused a mudslide that washed away homes and covered roads in debris.
According to Japanese officials, the ugly incident happened in a resort town about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo.
Police, fire and military personnel had begun a search-and-rescue effort in and around the coastal town, Atami.
The Japanese Coast Guard was also called in to help after a torrent of mud and debris tumbled down hillsides and into the ocean.
An official in charge of mudslides in Shizuoka Prefecture, which includes Atami, said:
“the safety of 19 people is unknown.” About 2,800 homes in Atami had lost power as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Company.
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