Heavy snow Disrupts Travel in Japan, kills 5 People

December 18, 2014 Author:

On Thursday, At least five people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan. a reports said, with up to two meters lying in some places and more forecast.

Police said a man died in a traffic accident on snow-bound roads in Hiroshima. Two elderly women were killed in Hokkaido, Kyodo News reported, with one hit by a snow-plow and another buried when a warehouse collapsed under the weight of fallen snow.

There was also widespread disruption to travel, with around 100 domestic flights cancelled, adding to the 450 that were grounded on Wednesday, including some international routes, officials said.

The bullet train network was also struggling to stick to its timetables: Reports said

The Japan Meteorological Agency said, The mountain town of Tsunan, near the Sea of Japan (East Sea) coast, was smothered in 185 centimeters of snow, with parts of Hokkaido getting as much as 70 centimeters in 24 hours. the JMA added, Parts of northern Honshu could expect up to 80 centimeters of snow by breakfast time on Friday.

The snow is accompanied by strong gusting winds of up to 140 kilometers an hour, which is causing tidal surges and sparking warnings to stay away from the water’s edge.

A powerful low pressure system off the eastern coast of Hokkaido was bringing much of the misery, and warned there was more to come, Forecasters said.