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Heavy snow kills 13 and leaves more than 10,000 homes without power in Japan

Recent snowfalls in Japan have left 13 people dead, more than 80 injured and more than 10,000 homes without power.

Late Saturday afternoon, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that over 30 people had been seriously hurt and 50 others had suffered minor injuries.

According to the Meteorological Agency, snowstorms and high waves could cause snowfalls up to 60cm (2ft) along the northern coast of Japan.

According to NHK, train and plane services were disrupted in Japan. Some areas of central and western Japan also experienced disruptions.


The snowstorm that began on Saturday 17 December left hundreds of vehicles stranded, and three people dead in northwestern Japan areas such as Niigata Yamagata and Aomori.

Image: Snow covers Ryoma Sakamoto

A man aged 85 was killed after he fell into a ditch while clearing snow from Kashiwazaki, the most affected town in Niigata.

A woman aged 63 was killed when she was caught between two trucks on Hokkaido’s northern island. A man aged 73 fell to the ground as he tried to remove the snow from his roof in Akita and later died.

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Self-Defence Force soldiers helped clear Niigata’s highways, where hundreds of cars were stuck in long lines that stretched more than 12 miles (20km).

Local volunteers delivered food and other necessities to people who were left behind in their cars by delivering them food and other necessities.

The weather conditions were slightly better at the start of the week. Road closures were lifted on Tuesday.

This weekend saw another snowstorm hit the region, resulting in the death of up to 13.


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