The death of three more people after a powerful landslide that descended in early July in the Japanese prefecture of Shizuoka was confirmed on Sunday, so the number of victims increased to 18, NHK TV channel reports.
Earlier it was reported about 15 dead. It is still not possible to establish the whereabouts of 12 people.
At about 10 am on July 3, a powerful landslide descended in the city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. Search and rescue operations are continuing in the disaster area.
Immediately after the disaster, the city authorities reported that, according to unspecified data, the number of missing persons is about 20. However, it later turned out that 215 people lived in the affected area according to the documents. As a result of the landslide, about 130 houses were demolished. More than 500 people were temporarily placed in hotels.