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    In Japan, a powerful mudslide has swept through the seaside town of Atami, flattening nearly everything in its path. At least two people have died, and 20 more remain missing. The military has been deployed to the town, southwest of Tokyo, to assist with the search. Days of torrential rains appear to have triggered the disaster.

    A bus sinking into mud, cars violently tipped over. Homes and businesses destroyed. Somewhere amid all this devastation are 20 local residents who couldn’t get away in time. Two others have already been found dead. Rescuers are looking for more survivors.

    In just a few days, the area has seen more rain that it usually does in an entire month. As rescue efforts and evacuations get underway, officials warn that more downpours are in the forecast.

    Scientists say that the increased rainfall that led to this event is likely linked to climate change, which is causing extreme weather events like floods and mudslides to become more common and more severe.

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