Rescue workers on July 5 search for victims in the town of Tsunagi, Kumamoto Prefecture, where heavy rains caused a landslide. (The Asahi Shimbun)

With the rain falling heavily again in southern Kumamoto Prefecture on July 6, the death toll from torrential rains over the weekend rose to 44, with 10 people still missing.

According to prefectural authorities, 16 people died in the village of Kuma, 14 in the city of Hitoyoshi, 10 in the town of Ashikita, three in the city of Yatsushiro and one in the town of Tsunagi as of 4 p.m. on July 6.

The 16 victims in Kuma include 14 people at the Senjuen nursing home, who were in cardiac and respiratory arrest and newly confirmed dead.

In Ashikita, one person was in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Ten people were listed as missing in Hitoyoshi, Ashikita, Tsunagi and Kuma.

As of 6 a.m., 1,912 people from 385 households were taking shelter at 159 evacuation centers in the prefecture.