Record snowfall in Japan killed 115 people

March 1. For the three winter months in almost all regions of Japan were awarded a record snowfall, which, according to updated figures, claimed the lives of 115 people. The highest on record figures snow depth and the lowest temperature recorded at 21 weather stations, announced today by the National Directorate of Meteorology of Japan.

For the first time in 26 years for the three winter months, the temperature was kept below the annual average in most parts of central and southern Japan, and in the northern part of the country down "below the normal level" for the first time in 11 years. Winter this year was "average" only in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.

The heaviest snowfall collapsed in January-February, the Japan Sea coast of central Honshu island country. "Record" is here called the city Daysen / Tottori Prefecture / in which the snow depth exceeded three meters — also for the first time of observation.

Unusually heavy snowfall for the area marked in Tokyo the last day of winter. As a result, more than 40 people were taken to hospital with broken bones and serious injuries. Most of the casualties fell on slippery roads or become victims of road accidents.

Source: ITAR-TASS

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