Fresh snow blizzard in Japan kills 12, injures 1,000
February 16, 2014 00:00
Tokyo - A fresh snow blizzard in Japan has killed at least 12 people in roof collapses and other accidents and injured about 1,000,just one week after a similar deadly winter storm.
Several superhighways were closed by the snow. Hundreds of flights, mainly on domestic routes, were cancelled on Saturday in various locations including Tokyo's Haneda airport, and rail services were also hit.
The storm made landfall on the western coast Thursday.
By Sunday, the sun was shining in Tokyo again and the snow was melting, but weather authorities said heavy snow and high winds were still hitting the north of Japan on the Pacific coast.
Many Japanese were captivated at the rare sight of nearly 30 centimetres of snow in the capital.
Fun-lovers cruised Tokyo's Shibuya nightlife district Saturday on skis, converting a slope that is normally busy with cars into a snowboard piste and posting pictures of it to Twitter.