Heavy snow has disrupted flights and trains and closed roads across Japan, causing widespread travel disruption and posing a serious threat to public safety. The snowstorm, which hit the country over the weekend, has been described as one of the worst in decades, with some areas experiencing record snowfall levels.
The snow has caused chaos at airports, with hundreds of flights being cancelled or delayed. Airlines are advising passengers to check their flight status before heading to the airport, as conditions are expected to remain challenging for the next few days.
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The snow has also impacted train services, with many lines being suspended or running at reduced frequencies, causing widespread delays and cancellations. Commuters are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time for travel.
The heavy snow has also made many roads impassable, with several major highways being closed due to the risk of avalanches. Motorists are being advised to take extreme caution on the roads, as visibility is severely limited and road conditions are extremely hazardous. The Japanese government has warned people to avoid non-essential travel and to stay indoors wherever possible.
The snow has also caused widespread power outages, with tens of thousands of homes and businesses affected. Emergency services are working hard to restore power and clear the roads, but conditions are making it difficult to reach some areas. The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency in several areas and has deployed troops and rescue teams to help those affected.
The heavy snow has also had a significant impact on local communities, with many schools and businesses being forced to close. The government has called for volunteers to help with the clear-up operation, and many people have responded by shoveling snow from pavements and helping to clear roads.