Rescue workers continue searching the site where an elderly woman is believed to have been in a house buried in a landslide in Soo, Kagoshima Prefecture, on July 4. (Video footage by Eiji Hori)

Rescuers in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 4 found the body of an elderly woman in a home buried in a landslide.

Machie Yamashita, 85, was found dead at around 2:50 p.m. in the house in which she lived alone in the Osumi district of Soo, according to the Soo city government office.

The district had received 421 millimeters of rain by that morning, according to the Soo Police Station and other sources. In the morning of July 4, a rescue worker checking for damage in the area discovered that the house had collapsed after being hit by a landslide and reported it to police.

The Japan Meteorological Agency continues warning of possible landslides in southern Kyushu triggered by record torrential rain.

On July 3, downpours continued to lash Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures, prompting local authorities to call for evacuations affecting 1.96 million people in total. One woman died in the heavy rain in Kagoshima on July 1.

In eastern Japan, the JMA is also warning of the threat of localized heavy rain through the early evening of July 4.

In Kagoshima Prefecture on July 3, there were at least six rain observation points where the amount of rainfall on the day exceeded the seasonal average for the entire month of July. The JMA had issued warnings of the possible deluge.

Regarding the total amount of rainfall by the morning of July 4, 1,089.5 mm of rain was recorded in Ebino, Miyazai Prefecture, and 901 mm in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture.

According to the land ministry, 43 landslides occurred in nine prefectures including Kagoshima and Niigata prefectures.

As of the morning of July 4, in Kagoshima Prefecture, evacuation orders and advisories, equivalent to a Level 4 on the 5-level emergency scale for flooding and landslides, had been issued to 1.34 million people of 630,000 households in 18 municipalities including the city of Kagoshima.

Although the JMA had said that it may issue a special warning for heavy rain equivalent to a Level 5 on the early morning of July 4, it said “there is no such threat for the time being.”

All evacuation orders and advisories in Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures had been lifted as of noon on July 4.

On July 4, the Kanto and Koshin regions could face localized extremely heavy rains of more than 50 mm per hour through early evening because of low atmospheric pressure as the rainy season front moves to eastern Japan.

The estimated amount of rainfall for the 24 hours through 6 a.m. on July 5 is 150 mm in the regions of Tanegashima and Yakushima islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, and 130 mm in the Tokai region and 100 mm in the Kanto and Koshin regions.