Snowstorm hits Japan

17 Feb 2014 by Clement Huang

The strongest snowstorm to hit Japan in decades has led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights, and the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. A total of 12 people have been killed and 1,650 injured.  

Earlier today, the BBC reported that some 27cm of snow hit Tokyo on Friday and Saturday, while other cities have also recorded heavy snowfall. It was the second snowstorm to hit Japan this past week, after 11 people were killed when another one passed through the country last week.

Channel News Asia also reported that Japan Airlines had cancelled 77 flights, while ANA had grounded a further 40. More than 16,000 passengers have been affected.

The airports of Hiroshima and Kagawa were closed due to the heavy build-up of snow along the runways.

Currently, the situation in the capital has improved, with most flights resumed since much of the snow melted on Sunday. Forecasters are, however, predicting more snow around the Tokyo region later this week.

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Clement Huang

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