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At Least 11 People Die In The Worst Snowstorm To Hit Tokyo In A Decade

Thousands have been injured, and tens of thousands have lost power.

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At least 11 people have reportedly died in the worst snowstorm to hit Tokyo in over a decade.

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

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.

JAPAN: A winter storm saw Tokyo go from no snow to 27cm (11in) of snow between 0600 and 2300 local time Saturday. MT

BBC Weather@bbcweather

JAPAN: A winter storm saw Tokyo go from no snow to 27cm (11in) of snow between 0600 and 2300 local time Saturday. MT

09:25 AM - 8 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa

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.

There was 10 inch snow in Tokyo yesterday (45 year record apparently), and my flight from SFO delayed by 50min. Hmmm,

Shuhei Yoshida@yosp

There was 10 inch snow in Tokyo yesterday (45 year record apparently), and my flight from SFO delayed by 50min. Hmmm,

11:01 AM - 8 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Over the weekend Tokyo got the most snow it's had in 45 years. (Photo by Cup Noodle Museum)

Spoon & Tamago@Johnny_Strategy

Over the weekend Tokyo got the most snow it's had in 45 years.
(Photo by Cup Noodle Museum)

09:18 PM - 9 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The snowstorm has also potentially discouraged voters from heading to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new governor of Tokyo.

Toru Hanai / Reuters

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.

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