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Japan Hit by Major Snowstorm

Posted by feww on February 8, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR SNOWSTORM
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Major Snowstorm leaves 5 dead, 500 injured across Japan

A major snowstorm, said to be the worst to hit japan in two decades, has left at least 5 people dead and more than 500 others injured in snow-related incidents, according to reports.

Up to 22 cm (8.7 inches) of snow fell over Tokyo on Saturday, breaking the previous record of 20 cm set in 1994, according to reports citing the meteorological agency.

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued a severe storm warning for the capital Tokyo, and the suburb of Tama, advising people stay at home.

The agency forecast heavy snow for Saturday through Sunday morning, for the Greater Tokyo Area.

Heavy snow forced airport authorities  to cancel up to 1,000 flights into, within or out of Japan late Friday through Saturday. Many train  services were  suspended and dozens of major roads closed, especially in the Kanagawa prefecture, a part of Greater Tokyo Area.

More than 3,200 snow-related accidents were reported across the country, many caused by vehicles skidding on icy roads, said NHK.

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