Following the historic snowstorms of the past few weeks, Japan has been hit again: at least 13 people died and more than 250 were injured as record snowfall blanketed regions along the Sea of Japan coast, according to the latest report by the nation’s Disaster Management Agency.
Among those to have lost their lives were three people in Fukui Prefecture, and four in Niigata Prefecture, all reportedly while trying to remove the snow which topped a whopping 3.13 meters (10.3 feet) in some areas.
According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA), at least 10 monitoring stations along the Sea of Japan set new all-time 72-hour snowfall records late on Jan. 10, and many more busted all-time low temperature records, including in Furue, Kamigoori, and Kuzakai–with the latter logging a bone-chilling -24C (-11F).
The unprecedented cold and snow has forced officials in both Fukui and Niigata to request assistance from the Self-Defense Force (SDF) in rescue operations, reports local media and @JPN_PMO on Twitter:
The heavy, drifting snow also continues to strand vehicles on Japan’s highways. Most recently, 1,200 vehicles were trapped on the Hokuriku Expressway in Fukui. While on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway in Toyama Prefecture, the snow has stranded more than 200 vehicles. A further 250 have gotten stuck on Niigata Prefecture’s National Route 8.
Following the record snowfall along the Sea of Japan, the JMA has now switched attention to the Pacific side. According to the weather agency, historic accumulations on the east coast are set to intensify through the week due to a low pressure system parked in the Pacific.
According to the reports, snow is likely to blanket areas between the western Kyushu region and the eastern Kanto-Koshin regions. A foot+ is forecast over the higher elevations in 24 hours through Tuesday evening, particularly in the Kinki, Tokai and Shikoku regions.
The JMA has urged people to refrain from making non-essential outings and to prepare winter tires or snow chains if they do need to venture out. The agency has also told the public to be wary of avalanches and of snow falling from roofs.
Caution is also still advised on the Sea of Japan side where the snow remains deep in many areas: as of Monday evening, the snow depth in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, for example, was still a staggering 2.29 metres (7.5 feet).
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