Japan snowfall stops planes, injures 369

Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

TOKYO, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Rapidly falling temperatures triggered Tokyo's first snowfall of the year, leading to power outages and transportation headaches, officials said.

Tokyo city officials said more than 260 people were injured by iced streets and more than 8 inches of snow in the area surrounding the city, The Japan Daily Press reported Tuesday. If Tokyo's surrounding prefectures were included, the injury count rose to 369.

Hundreds of flights were canceled at Tokyo International Airport and Narita International Airport. About 3,400 travelers were stranded at Narita overnight and the airport furnished them with sleeping bags, blankets, crackers and water.

Narita was back in operation Tuesday.

The weight of the snow broke power lines, leaving 26,000 homes in the city and its five surrounding prefectures without power.

Most of those injured slipped on icy sidewalks and were in cars that crashed after losing traction on roadways, the National Police Agency reported.

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