Record snowfall hits Japan killing 3, injuring over 800

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By:, 02/15/2014

Students walk under snow covered trees at a park in Tokyo on February 14, 2014. (AFP Photo / Toru Yamanaka)

(AFP Photo / Toru Yamanaka)

The heaviest snowfall in decades has left 3 dead and more than 800 injured across Japan, local media reports. The snow has paralyzed the public transport system causing numerous traffic accidents. One person died in a snow-related traffic accident in the city of Shizuoka located south of the capital Tokyo early on Saturday, police said. Another two people died in car crashes caused by snow in Shiga central Japan and Oita in the south western part of the archipelago on Friday, according to Kyodo news agency. At least 850 people, including one in a coma, have been injured on the snow-covered roads since the storm hit the country on Thursday, local broadcaster NHK reported.


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