A mudslide in Nagasaki, on the island of Kyushu in Japan, toppled a house in wake of the torrential rains that pounded southern Japan over the past week.
Footage shows the house resting precariously on top of a cliff as the mud slides down the precipice. Then suddenly the house leans forward, slides down the edge and crashes down, into the house standing below it. The fallen house disintegrates completely and clothes and personal possessions are seen strewn in the rubble.
Sirens could be heard after the crash and a yellow-clad first responder is seen investigating the premises. Fortunately, no injuries were reported because the place was evacuated earlier in the week.
This isn’t the first incident of horrific landslides in Japan over the week.
Last week, 700,000 residents were forced to evacuate the city of Kyushu as record heavy rains and floods for the fifth day in a row endangered life. The city of Tarumizo in Kagoshima Prefecture and the city Uto and the village of Minamiaso in Kumamoto Prefecture have also been issued evacuation orders.
In Nagasaki, five house were severely damaged by landslides and an elderly man was partly buried. He was rescued but suffered many injuries.
A middle-aged woman living in Aira, Kagoshima Prefecture, was buried alive in a mudslide which completely destroyed her home. She was rescued but remained in a coma. Other similar cases have also been reported from Kagoshima and Kumamoto prefectures.
Landslides and floods have left at least two people dead and many missing in Kyushu’s Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Some local news sources state the number of deaths rose to at least five.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency recorded 2.4 inches of rain per hour in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Wednesday and has issued warning of further torrential rains.