At least 1,500 injured, 12 killed by heaviest snowfall in decades across Japan

6 years ago by in Japan

More than 1,500 people were injured and 12 died after a record snowfall in Japan. The snow storm has blocked the public transport system and cut the electricity for hundreds of thousands of people.

Since the snowfall hit Japan last Thursday, three people died in snow-related car accidents, while around 1,500 people were injured on the snow-covered roads, with one of the injured being in a coma.

On Saturday, Tokyo had around 30 centimeters of snow, while Kofu in the Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, saw a record snowfall of 91 centimeters, the highest snow level measured in the last 120 years.

The local trains were delayed or closed due to the heavy snowfall and 19 people were injured when two commuter trains collided at Motosumiyoshi station in Tokyo on Saturday morning, according to the international press.

Aside from roads and trains, flights were also affected by the snow storm: 338 domestic flights and 12 international flights were canceled and around 4,500 people spending the Friday night at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, said ANA carrier.

Around 246,000 households had no electricity on Saturday as well, said TEPCO.