Heavy Rains Cause Landsides in Japan

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Tokyo, July 4 (Jiji Press)--Heavy rains since Saturday have caused landslides at 43 areas in Japan, mainly the Kyushu southwestern region, the land ministry said Thursday.

A woman in her 80s has gone missing after a landslide destroyed a house in Soo, Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Kyushu. Self-Defense Forces troops and others are searching for the woman.

Authorities called for continued vigilance against landslides after record downpours hit southern Kyushu through Wednesday.

The heavy rains have killed one person and injured three others in Kagoshima, while causing damage to a total of 81 houses in Kagoshima and neighboring Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures, as well as the central prefecture of Ishikawa, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

As of 4:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. Wednesday GMT), 8,489 people were staying in evacuation shelters in western Japan, mainly in southern Kyushu.

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