After heavy rains, a massive landslide occurred in Japan, while foreign media reported that at least 19 people were missing.

Bad weather hit the central eastern prefecture of Shizuoka, about 200 km south of Tokyo, and was caused by heavy rains that have been affecting the region for days.

Images broadcast on television show mud-laden buildings and residents fleeing the city of Atam.

“When I returned, the houses and cars in front of the temple were gone,” said one citizen.

More than 2,800 homes in the region were without power, according to the Tokyo Electric Company Company (TEPCO).

Much of Japan is currently in its annual rainy season, which lasts several weeks and often causes floods and landslides, prompting local authorities to issue evacuation orders.