At least two people were killed and about 20 remained missing Sunday after a violent mudslide hit a hot-spring resort city southwest of Tokyo on Saturday following a period of torrential rain that has underscored the trend of increasingly volatile weather due to climate change.

Around 700 police and Self-Defense Forces personnel, as well as firefighters, were involved in the search Sunday in the Izusan district of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, while work to clear away mud and debris using heavy machinery began early in the morning amid intermittent rain and the continuing risk of a secondary disaster.

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