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A rescue worker removes mud and debris at the scene of a landslide following days of heavy rain in Atami. Photo: Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of people are missing and at least four are dead after a mudslide crashed through several buildings in the city of Atami on Saturday, just west of Tokyo, Japan, AP reports.

Details: In addition to the four confirmed dead, 25 people have been rescued, including three who are injured, per AP.

  • Up to 80 homes in Atami were buried entirely, according to a Fire and Disaster Management Agency official cited by AP.
  • The city warned its residents to protect themselves after more than a foot of rain fell in the span of two days, according to the New York Times.

By the numbers: A 2020 report from the Japanese government said that the country averaged as many as 1,500 landslides annually over the prior 10 years, almost a 50% increase from the past decade. The number of landslides reached a record high of 3,459 in 2018.

What they're saying: "Currently, the police, fire department, Japan Coast Guard, and Self-Defense Forces are doing their utmost to save lives, rescue people in need of rescue, and guide evacuation," Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.

  • "Human life is our top priority, and we will do our utmost to understand the damage situation and take emergency measures in cooperation with local governments."

What to watch: Suga warned that heavy rain is still expected and urged residents to follow evacuation instructions from their local governments.

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Oct 6, 2021 - Science

European rainfall record set in Italy after 12-hour deluge

Flooding in the Liguria region of Italy on Monday. Photo: Liguria President Giovanni Toti/Facebook

Northwestern Italy has been hit by record rainfall from a complex of thunderstorms, triggering flooding and mudslides, per AP.

By the numbers: 29.2 inches of rain fell in 12 hours on Monday in Rossiglione, Genoa province, just south of Milan. That's a new, all-time European record, meteorologists noted Tuesday.

Residents, environmentalists question response time in California oil spill

A warning sign for an oil spill in Huntington Beach. Photo: Sefa Degirmenci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The time it took for authorities to respond to one of the biggest oil spills in California history is being questioned by some residents, business owners, environmentalists and others, AP reports.

Why it matters: An estimated 126,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into the water in Huntington Beach in Orange County. The spill, which threatens wildlife, could keep area beaches closed for months, per Axios' Andrew Freedman.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.