Heavy snow disrupts commuters, flights in Japan

Heavy snowfalls in Tokyo and other regions of Japan led to injuries to dozens of people and disrupted transport services on Monday, reports said.

More than 40 people were injured in the capital as a result of falls and traffic accidents, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Six centimetres of snow fell in Tokyo and the surrounding region overnight. The snowfall was followed by rain and strong gusts of wind.

Heavy snow was also reported in the north and north-east of the country, according to local media, which quoted a figure of at least 120 people injured nationwide.

Rush-hour traffic in Tokyo and other regions was affected.

Normally punctual trains were operating with significant delays.

There were large crowds at the entrance to some railway platforms. Access had to be restricted to some platforms after the snow disrupted services, leading to overcrowding, the broadcaster NHK reported.

Some 140 domestic flights were cancelled, Kyodo reported. High-speed bullet train services were also affected.

The national meteorological service warned of more snowfalls to come in the north and north-east.

Last update: Mon, 18/01/2016 - 09:36
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