TOKYO ( Associated Press) – Heavy snow has killed 17 people, injured more than 90 and left hundreds of homes without power as heavy snow swept across large areas of Japan, disaster management officials said Monday.
Strong winter fronts have dumped snow in northern regions since last week, stranding hundreds of vehicles on roads, delaying delivery services and killing 11 people as of Saturday.
The death toll from more snowfall over the Christmas weekend rose to 17 on Monday morning and the number of injured to 93, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Many of them fell while clearing snow from roofs or got buried under thick piles of snow sliding off the roofs.
Municipal authorities in snow-affected areas urged people to exercise caution and not work alone during snow-clearing activity.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a 70-year-old woman was found dead buried under a thick pile of snow that suddenly fell on her in Yamagata Prefecture, Nagai, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Tokyo. Snow had accumulated. More than 80 cm (2.6 ft) on Saturday.
In Niigata, a city famous for its rice cultivation, some makers of mochi – rice cakes considered a staple for New Year’s festive food – said deliveries were delayed and their mochi for your customers was out of time. but cannot come.
Several areas in northeastern Japan received more than three times the season’s average snowfall.
Heavy snow knocked out a power pole on Japan’s northernmost main island on Christmas morning, knocking out some 20,000 homes, although service was restored to most areas later that day, the Ministry of Economy and Industry reported. Went.
Dozens of trains and flights were also suspended in northern Japan until Sunday, the transport ministry said, but service has resumed.