10:49 GMT27 January 2021
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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - The number of people dead as a result of heavy snowfall in Japan has risen to 10, while over 300 people have been injured, the NHK broadcaster reports.

    Four of the deaths were reported in the Niigata Prefecture; 148 people were injured there, NHK said on Tuesday. In Fukui Prefecture, 64 people were injured.

    In Toyama Prefecture, where a record snowfall of over 100 centimeters was reported for the first time in 35 years, two people died while another 91 were injured.

    One person died and 38 were wounded in Ishikawa Prefecture and another two people were injured in Gifu.

    Northern and western regions of Japan were hit by heavy snowfall last week. Major traffic disruptions were reported in various regions and multiple flights were cancelled. Supply routes and train services have also been affected.

    Most of the injuries reported amid the record snowfall occurred due to falls, while reported deaths predominantly happened as people tried to clear rooftops of snow. Over this winter, Japan’s central and northern regions have seen record snowfall, several times above the norm.


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