A rescue operation involving 80 firefighters and law enforcement officials started after a name got here in asking for assist shortly after midnight, based on police. The prefecture has additionally requested rescue assist from the Ministry of Protection, Yamagata official Susumu Saito stated.
“We don’t have word yet of their arrival, but an official request has been made,” he stated.
Some close by residents have evacuated to a public facility as a precaution. Saito stated a minimum of two folks had been nonetheless unaccounted for.
The accidents of the 2 rescued folks had been minor, police stated in an announcement.
Coated with mountains, Japan is vulnerable to pure disasters equivalent to earthquakes and flooding. The information got here as households are getting ready to assemble for New Yr’s celebrations, Japan’s most vital competition.
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