More than 100 injured in heavy snow around Tokyo, eastern Japan
Monday, 18 January 2016 - 16:26
Heavy snow in eastern and northeastern Japan wreaked havoc with transportation systems and injured more than 100 people Monday as central Tokyo was blanketed with 6 cm.
At least 30 people were sent to hospitals in Tokyo alone, and another 30 were reported injured in Saitama Prefecture, police and fire departments across the region said.
Through 6 a.m. Tuesday, up to 80 cm of snow was forecast for the Tohoku region, while Hokkaido and the Hokuriku and Tokai areas were expected to be blanketed by 60 cm, according to the Meteorological Agency.
Up to 40 cm was expected in the Kanto-Koshin region.
The low pressure system responsible for the snow was predicted to remain through Tuesday, especially along the Sea of Japan coast.
The land ministry urged people to prepare for heavy snow in the affected areas and refrain from going out unless necessary. Snow tires and chains for cars were also recommended.