In the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Landslide UN Chief Hails Japan’s Emergency Response

When record high levels of rain fell throughout the region, precipitating the landslide in the residential neighborhood, at least four people were declared dead, with around 80 still missing.

Near Mount Fuji, about two hours southwest of Tokyo is a vacation town of roughly 36,000 people known for its hot springs. More severe rains are expected this week, according to officials, so the area is on high alert.

Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his sadness over the reported loss of life and destruction in a statement released by his Spokesperson. He expresses his heartfelt sympathies to the victims’ families, the Japanese government, and the Japanese people. He applauds the emergency responders’ efforts and wishes those who have been injured a swift recovery. The statement continued, “The United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Japan.”

On Monday, authorities stated that 1,500 rescue teams were combing the accident scene and that an elderly couple was among the 23 persons rescued so far.

Atami received more rain in the first three days of July than it regularly receives in the entire month, and it is not alone in feeling the effects of Japan’s torrential rains. Hundreds of smaller cities and villages in the vicinity of the capital have also seen record highs.

In recent years, the country has seen an upsurge in floods, which has been attributed to the consequences of global warming, which has seen average rainfall climb.

Photo Credit: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/05/number-of-missing-in-japan-landslide-climbs-to-more-than-100-atami-mudslide