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Bereaved families of the victims of a major mudslide that occurred in the city of Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture last July will file a damages lawsuit against the city and the prefecture over the disaster, the families said Sunday.

Claiming that the local governments were negligent in responding to the creation of a soil mound where the deadly mudslide started, the families plan to file the suit with the Numazu branch of Shizuoka District Court in late August at the earliest.

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