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Japan: UN Chief Praises Work Of Emergency Responders In Wake Of Deadly Landslide


The UN chief on Monday extended his condolences
to the families of those who died in a landslide, which
struck the Japanese coastal city of Atami in Shizuoka
Prefecture, over the weekend.

According to
news reports, at least four have been declared dead, with
around 80 still missing, when record high levels of rain
fell across the region, triggering the landslide in the
residential area.

The resort town of around 36,000,
famous for its hot springs, is near Mount Fuji, some two
hours southwest of Tokyo. Officials have reportedly warned
that more heavy rains are forecast this week, keeping the
area on high alert.

Saddened

In a
statement
released by his Spokesperson,
Secretary-General António Guterres said he was saddened by
the reported loss of life and destruction
caused.

“He extends his deep condolences to the
families of the victims, the Government and people of Japan.
He commends the work of the emergency responders and wishes
a speedy recovery to those who are injured.

“The
United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and
people of Japan”, the statement
concluded.

Rescues

Around 1,500 rescue workers
were reportedly searching the site of the disaster on
Monday, and authorities said that an elderly couple were
among 23 people rescued so far.

Atami saw more
rainfall in the first three days of July, than it normally
sees in the whole month, and has not been alone in suffering
the impact of the heavy rains across Japan. Dozens of other
cities and towns close to the capital have also recorded
record levels.

The country has experienced a rise in
floods in recent years, attributed to the effects of global
warming, which has seen average rainfall
increase.

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