Heavy Rains Damage World Heritage Asset in Kyushu

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Kagoshima, July 2 (Jiji Press)--A landslide caused by torrential rains in the southern Kyushu region has damaged an asset registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List, local government officials said Tuesday.

A large part of Terayama Charcoal Kiln in Kagoshima Prefecture in the Kyushu region of southwestern Japan was found buried by the landslide, according to Kagoshima city government officials.

The kiln was first found to have been affected by the rains around 1:50 p.m. Friday (4:50 a.m. GMT), when city staff found that a part of the stonework had collapsed.

City workers periodically visited the site due to concern about the continuous downpour and found around 9 a.m. Monday that a landslide from a nearby slope had buried the kiln almost entirely.

The kiln was added to the World Heritage list in 2015 as part of sites of Japan's Meiji-period industrial revolution.

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