Monday, January 18, 2016

Hundreds injured as heavy snow blankets eastern, northeastern Japan

Heavy snow hit many areas of eastern and northeastern Japan on Monday, including downtown Tokyo and other locations usually unaccustomed to snowfall, resulting in injuries to hundreds of people and disruptions to transport systems.


The weather, caused by an atmospheric low pressure system that moved along Japan's Pacific coast, led to around 260 injuries chiefly due to falls on slippery roads and other accidents, according to a Kyodo News tally. In Tokyo alone, which saw up to 6 centimeters of snow, more than 50 people were taken to hospitals with injuries.

Many commuters were forced to line up at some railway stations in Tokyo during and after morning rush hours Monday following a significant reduction in the number of trains and restricted entry to stations due to overcrowding.
   ==Kyodo News
18/1/15
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