At least two killed, 100 injured as Japan hit by heavy snow

At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday in Japan, which is witnessing record snowfall.

The cold front even stretched to the subtropical island of Amami, which experienced its first snow in 115 years, local media reported.

Temperatures dropped to a record low of 4.2 Celsius on Okinawa, a southern holiday paradise known to many as the Hawaii of Japan.

Some 17 centimetres of snow was recorded in the city of Nagasaki, on the south-western main island of Kyushu, according to the Meteorological Authority.

Many flights were cancelled and rail traffic was affected, especially in the west of the country. 

Last update: Sun, 24/01/2016 - 14:46
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