Two meters of snow in Iwamizawa
Residents of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido were snowed under yesterday after an unusually powerful storm buried Iwamizawa city under 200 cm (78 inches) of snow, the deepest since records began in 1946.
Fire fighters put out a blaze at one business after its roof caved in under the weight of snow and knocked over wood- and oil-burning stoves, local media reported.
Council workers helped dig out citizens stranded in their own homes, and many bus and train services remained suspended dues to snow on the tracks and roadways.
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