VIDEO: At least 20 people missing after massive mudslide in Japan

Photo: Screenshot from flood video
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Tokyo Japan was hit by massive mudslide on Saturday, leaving 10 houses destroyed and 20 people missing after torrential rain in southwest of Tokyo.

A search and rescue mission are currently searching the slide-hit area in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture as heavy downpour swept areas along the Pacific coast in central and eastern Japan.

Due to rising rivers in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, the city government ordered local residents to ensure their safety immediately, issuing the highest level of evacuation alert under the revised basic counter disaster law for the first time in the country.

Torrential rain disrupted the public transport system, as well. Shinkansen bullet train runs were briefly suspended in sections between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, according to operator Central Japan Railway Co.

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The Japan Meteorological Agency urged maximum caution and called on the public to be vigilant over mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers.

In the 72-hour period through 11 a.m. Saturday, 790 millimeters of rainfall were recorded in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, and over 550 mm were logged in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, the agency said.

The seasonal rain front is forecast to move toward the Sea of Japan coast over the weekend, with wide areas along the coast expected to suffer torrential rain through Monday. Watch the video

In a similar incident, Moscow suffered unprecedented heatwave last the weekend with temperatures reaching 36°C (96°F). But in a dramatic turn of events, it was a different story altogether Monday afternoon, with flash rains flooding the city and causing traffic gridlock.

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One of the capital’s main thoroughfares, Vernadsky Avenue, was turned into a lake. Watch the video here