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11 dead, 1,200 injured as heavy snow hits Japan: Reports

More than 20,000 households were without electricity, while airlines cancelled more than 400 domestic flights a day.

As much as 10.6 inches of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to meteorologists. (AP) As much as 10.6 inches of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to meteorologists. (AP)

The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least 11 dead and more than 1,200 injured across the country, reports said on Sunday.

As much as 10.6 inches of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to meteorologists.

The storm hit Tokyo on the eve of its gubernatorial election.

Observers say the weather may affect voter turnout in the city of 13 million people. As of 6 pm (0900 GMT) turnout was down more than 10 percentage points from a previous poll during the last mayoral election.

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As a depression moved along the Pacific coast yesterday, the northeastern city of Sendai saw 13.8 inches of snow, the
heaviest in 78 years.

Local media said at least 11 people have been killed with one person also in critical condition in snow-linked accidents- mostly crashes after their cars skidded on icy roads.

In central Aichi prefecture, a 50-year-old man died after his car slipped on the icy road and rammed into an advertisement steel pole, a local rescuer said.

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Public broadcaster NHK reported at least 1,253 people were injured across the nation, many of whom had slipped on the ground or fallen while shovelling the snow off their roofs.

More than 20,000 households were without electricity early today while airlines cancelled more than 400 domestic flights a day after over 740 flights were grounded.

Nearly 5,000 people were stranded at Narita airport yesterday as traffic linking the airport to the capital was disrupted, NHK said.

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Further snowfall is expected today in the northern part of the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

First published on: 09-02-2014 at 06:52:31 pm
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