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Heavy Snow In Japan Has Killed At Least 17 People And Injured Several Others

Heavy snow in Japan has killed at least 17 people and injured several others, according to authorities in Japan. Over the Christmas holiday weekend, heavy snowfall in northern Japan and other regions of the country resulted in these deaths and injuries to more than 90 others.

Daisy-Mae Schmitt
Dec 27, 202218 Shares17922 Views
Heavy snow in Japan has killed at least 17 people and injured several others, according to authorities in Japan. Over the Christmas holiday weekend, heavy snowfall in northern Japan and other regions of the country resulted in these deaths and injuries to more than 90 others.
In Nagai city, Yamagata prefecture, where snow had piled up higher than 80 centimeters (2.6 feet) by Saturday, an official with Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency stated that a woman in her 70s passed away after she was buried beneath snow that fell off a roof.
Since the middle of December, several areas of Japan, particularly along the west coast, have been severely impacted by heavy snowfall as a result of strong winter fronts. As a result, vehicles have been left stranded on highways and delivery services have been delayed.
In Niigata, recognized for its rice growing industry, some manufacturers of mochi, which are sticky rice cakes that are a mainstay for New Year's celebration feasts, have stated that there have been delivery delays, and it is possible that the mochi would not reach their clients in time.
An electric power transmission tower was brought down by heavy snowfall on Japan's northernmost main island on Christmas morning, leaving over 20,000 houses without power. However, according to the economy and industry ministry, energy was restored in most regions later that day.
Up until Sunday, dozens of trains and flights were also canceled in northern Japan; however, the transportation ministry reports that most services have since resumed normal operations in the region.
The Japan Meteorological Agency reported the previous week that snowfall accumulation in certain areas had reached levels that were far above average.
In recent years, Japan has been subjected to increasingly unfavorable climatic circumstances. It has a temperate climate for the most part, however the weather is very different from north to south.

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In December, severe snowstorms hit northern regions such as Hokkaido, while a massive typhoon in September pummeled southern regions with heavy rain and snowfall. And in the month of June, Tokyo was hit with a heatwave that caused temperatures to rise much above the previous record of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
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