No less than 19 persons are lacking after an impressive mudslide swept away rows of homes within the the city of Atami, west of Tokyo, Jap government mentioned.
Crisis control officers in Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan, say the mudslide happened on Saturday morning within the the city, identified for its sizzling springs.
Prefectural crisis control authentic Takamichi Sugiyama mentioned dozens of houses will have been buried and rescue employees are looking out for a minimum of 19 folks.
He added that the mudslide happened in a space referred to as Izusan.
Mr Sugiyama mentioned some folks within the space are believed to have evacuated however no additional main points have been in an instant identified.
Tv pictures confirmed a wave of black dust slide down a mountainside, flattening and crushing homes in its approach as helpless neighbours watched in horror, some recording on their telephones.
Heavy rain has been lashing throughout Japan since previous this week, inflicting rivers to swell in central and the Tokyo area, and extending the danger of landslides.