Japan snowfall causes deaths, power outages

The second heavy snowfall in a week to hit Japan killed up to a dozen people and injured hundreds over the weekend, while paralyzing traffic and causing power outages.

As many as 12 people killed, 1,500 injured in snow-related accidents since Friday

The second heavy snowfall in a week to hit Japan killed up to a dozen people and injured hundreds over the weekend, while paralyzing traffic and causing power outages.

In Yamanashi, in central Japan, a record 114 centimetres of snow fell. About 27 centimetres of snow was enough to paralyze Tokyo, which usually sees only a few light dustings each winter.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday that the low pressure system was travelling north, dumping more snow after passing the Tokyo region.

Media reports said as many as 12 people died and 1,500 were injured nationwide since Friday in snow-related accidents.

People rest inside Tokyo Station as the bullet train service is suspended due to heavy snowfall. (Yuya Shino/Reuters)

The roof of a shopping arcade collapsed in a Tokyo suburb, and two trains collided on slick tracks in nearby Kawasaki. Nearly 20,000 homes lost electricity.

Hundreds of flights and trains were halted. Thousands of drivers and passengers were trapped for nearly a day in traffic jams on highways, prompting transportation officials to deliver food and portable toilets.

The Tokyo area was hit by a heavy snowfall last weekend, stalling trains and grounding flights.

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