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Sunday, January 2, 2022

How Heavy Snow Caused Chaos and Commotion in Japan

 

Photo by Tomáš Malík from Pexels

Heavy snow in northern and western Japan produced travel mayhem, resulting in the cancellation of more than 100 domestic flights and creating hazardous driving conditions. The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned that further snow would come and has urged people to avoid going on non-essential outings.


Japan's Self-Defense Force was distributing food, gasoline, and blankets to stranded drivers and clearing snow from the roads. According to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, fire service crews were rescuing some drivers, including at least three brought to a hospital for treatment.


According to Nexco East, the corporation managing the area's highways, more than 2,000 vehicles got stuck during the heaviest snowfall on Thursday afternoon. Early Friday morning, that number had dropped to at least 670 people. Approximately 700 rescuers are expected to work until Saturday morning to liberate everyone, according to Nexco East, which is an abbreviation for East Nippon Expressway Corporation.


The situation would be better and become stable in the coming days if the weather doesn't bring further snow surprises. For now, the rescue teams are doing their best and ensuring that each stuck individual receives emergency facilities and gets out of the snow. Right now, it is vital to stay indoors and not venture out in the bad weather.

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