A five-year-old girl died on Tuesday after snow fell off the roof of a shed and buried her at her grandfather's house in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture.
The accident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. while the child, identified as Misaki Sakaiya and her 2-year-old brother Yuto were playing in the snow, NHK reported.
Rescuers dug them out about an hour later and they were taken to hospital, where Misaki was pronounced dead.
The two children had come from Chiba Prefecture to visit their grandparents, NHK reported.
Authorities said the overnight rain pushed temperatures up slightly, causing snow on rooftops to start melting.
The land ministry has warned that melted snow freezes, creating a layer of ice, thus increasing the danger of chunks of snow falling from rooftops, as well as avalanches.© Japan Today