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17 people were killed by the snow

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Heavy snowfall across much of Japan has killed 17 people in the past 10 days, according to a government agency’s interim report on Monday, December 26, and thousands of homes across the country have experienced power outages.

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It has snowed heavily in recent days on the main island of Honshu, along the Sea of ​​Japan, as well as on the large northern island of Hokkaido.

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Seventeen people have been killed and dozens injured due to the bad weather since December 17, according to the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency.


Public broadcaster NHK reported several cases of fatal accidents involving elderly people who went out to remove snow around their homes or on their rooftops.

In Hokkaido, tens of thousands of homes have suffered power outages in recent days, but the grid has been almost fully restarted.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) advised residents of affected areas not to take to the road, as vehicles were stranded. According to the JMA, snowfall in Japan is supposed to decrease in intensity from Monday.

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