20 missing in Atami city of Japan’s landslide

Written by on July 4, 2021

After a huge landslide hit Atami city following heavy rainfall.

Video on social media showed a torrent of black mud plummeting down from a mountain top and on through the city towards the sea. Several houses were destroyed or buried.

Two bodies have been found by the coast guard, the local governor said.

A resident said he heard a “horrible sound” and fled as the landslide engulfed everything in its path.

Atami, a popular hot-spring resort in the prefecture of Shizuoka, has had more rainfall in the first three days of July than it usually sees in the whole month.

The weather has been similar in neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture.

Reports say Japan is a very mountainous and densely populated country and landslides are not unusual. There is growing evidence that climate change is making these sorts of extreme weather events more frequent and more destructive.

Brazilians protest Bolsonaro’s handling of covid-19 pandemic.

Thousands demonstrate after Brazil’s top court authorises a probe into the president’s response to vaccine allegations.

A woman holds a placard reading ‘despite you, tomorrow will be another day’ as she takes part in a protest calling for the impeachment of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro .

Thousands of people have protested across Brazil against Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic after the country’s top court authorised an investigation into the president’s response to corruption allegations related to the procurement of vaccines.

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Rosa Weber authorised a criminal investigation into Bolsonaro’s response to allegations of potential corruption within his health ministry in the process of procuring an Indian COVID-19 vaccine.

In Friday’s decision, Weber said the investigation is supported by recent testimony in a Senate committee investigating the government’s handling of the pandemic, which has ravaged the South American nation.

Prosecutors will investigate whether Bolsonaro committed the crime of “prevarication” delaying or refraining from action required as part of a public official’s duty for reasons of personal interest. Weber did not rule out the possibility other potential wrongdoing could be investigated.

The president has been implicated in alleged irregularities surrounding a 1.6 billion reais ($316m) contract signed in February with a Brazilian intermediary of the vaccine’s maker, Indian pharma company Bharat Biotech, for 20 million doses.

Credit: Aljazeera 

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