Record snowfall in Japan causes several death and injuries

Published on : Monday, February 17, 2014

Record-snowfall-in-Japan-causes-several-death-and-injuriesJapan is facing record snowfall this weekend. Several deaths have been reported along with delay in transport in the eastern prefectures of the country. Domestic flights have been cancelled.

11 deaths have been reported by snowstorm across northeast Japan, heavy snow has also caused several injuries.

Elderly residents in Oyama in Shizuoka Prefecture were stranded in their homes following a snow dump of more than three feet (1 meter) on Friday. Other isolated communities were also cut off.

Tokyo experienced just under a foot (27cm) of snow over the weekend, the capital received heavy snowfall. A highway connecting Gunma and Nagano prefectures was closed, stranding hundreds of drivers.

Over 600 domestic flights have been cancelled. Building collapse accounted for several fatalities, in Yamanashi prefecture two men froze to death in separate incidents while trying to walk home from stranded cars.

Around 20 passengers were left with minor injuries in the incident in a commuter train collision at a station on the outskirts of Tokyo due to snow.

Sections of northern island of Hokkaido have been placed under warning of heavy snowfall and avalanches, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the storm is heading northwards.

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