Heavy snow claims two lives in Japan

Press TV
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 04:46 CST
 
Tokyo international airport

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Jetliners of Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) are parked covered in snow at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), February 8, 2014.


                        Heavy snow and severe weather in Japan have left at least two people dead and nearly 90 others injured.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday that nearly 90 people were wounded in snow-related accidents in eastern Japan. Seventeen of them, seriously.

Two passengers, aged 88 and 90, lost their lives in a car accident on their way to a nursing home in Ishikawa, central Japan, the broadcaster added.

Over 600 flights were canceled in the country as the weather agency issued a severe storm warning for the capital, Tokyo, which received as much as 12 centimeters (4.8 inches) of snow on Saturday afternoon.

Railway operators also temporarily suspended services of Shinkansen bullet trains in western Japan, the NHK said.

According to meteorological agency, a quickly developing low-pressure front is approaching eastern Japan.

The weather agency also said that more snow is expected later in the day and early Sunday in Tokyo. It has issued a heavy snow warning for the capital.

The agency called on residents to stay at home as it warned of powerful winds and high waves in eastern Japan.

Meanwhile, a Tokyo Electric Power spokesman said that some 3,400 households lost electricity in the capital and its vicinities “because of the heavy snow and other reasons.”

Some sections of expressways mostly in central part of the country were also closed because of the snow.

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