JAPAN: A winter storm saw Tokyo go from no snow to 27cm (11in) of snow between 0600 and 2300 local time Saturday. MT
1. At least 11 people have reportedly died in the worst snowstorm to hit Tokyo in over a decade.
Tens of thousands are without power, and thousands have been injured. Among those who died was a 78-year-old man in Ichikawa, which is east of Tokyo. A 69-year-old man is also apparently in critical condition after slipping and hitting his head while shoveling snow.
3. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said at least 10.6 inches of snow fell on Saturday in Tokyo, the most snowfall the city has seen in over 45 years.
Tokyo’s Haneda airport was packed on Monday and many flights were overbooked. There were also 5,000 travelers stuck at Narita International Airport over the weekend when the snow interrupted transport links to downtown Tokyo.
4. Several universities were forced to delay the start of their entrance exams because of the snowstorm.
7. The snowstorm has also potentially discouraged voters from heading to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new governor of Tokyo.
It’s been reported the turnout figures were at 46% — the third lowest in history.
The 11 deaths were all reportedly caused by traffic accidents and falls.