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More than 35,500 people in central Japan’s landslide-hit area told to evacuate

Tokyo – More than 35,500 people in Japan’s central Shizuoka prefecture were told on Saturday to evacuate immediately after a recent landslide, as new ones may occur, Sputnik quoted Kyodo news agency.

Ten houses were destroyed and about 20 people are reported missing in the city of Atami after the landslide, which was triggered by heavy rains, according to the national media.

Shizuoka authorities declared the highest emergency alert for several areas in the prefecture.

Earlier it was reported that torrential rain had caused a large mudslide in Atami city of Shizuoka prefecture in central Japan, possibly sweeping away some 20 people and destroying at least 10 houses.

A rescue operation is underway in the slide-hit area in Atami and the situation of the victims is not immediately known, added the report.

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