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Heavy snow blanketed eastern Japan over the weekend, leaving one man dead and 900 others injured, as Tokyo commuters took to the slippery streets on Tuesday.

The storm dumped 8cm of snow in nine hours, the heaviest snowfall in the region since January 2006, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It left 13cm of snow in neighbouring Yokohama, while mountainous areas around Tokyo saw up to 30cm (12 inches).

A 71-year-old man in Shiojiri city, Nagano prefecture, died after falling into an open drain as he cleared snow around his house, a fire service spokesman said.

National broadcaster NHK said at least 891 injuries had been recorded in Tokyo and the area around it, many of them elderly people who had slipped on snow-covered streets or motorists involved in accidents.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2013/01/201311522354976855.html

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

 

2 Responses to Japan – Heaviest snowstorm since 2006 leaves 900 injured

  1. Laurel says:

    aged population and a broke economy assisting in the fact they have to try and clear their own paths?
    at 71 he shouldnt have had to be out in that!

  2. richard kidd says:

    isles of scilly temperatures only in early forties my personal prediction for the uk this year is near average in the south and west but cooler in scotland last year northeast scotland had a particularly cool and gloomy summer


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