• Two dead, 89 injured as heavy snow hits Japan: reports

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    TOKYO: Heavy snow and severe weather struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan on Saturday, leaving two dead and around 90 injured, reports said. More than 600 flights were grounded as the weather agency issued a severe storm warning for the capital. Public broadcaster NHK said at least 89 people were injured in snow-related accidents only in eastern Japan, including 17 serious injuries. It also said two female passengers, aged 88 and 90, died on Saturday in a car accident on their way to a nursing home in Ishikawa, central Japan. Police suspect one of the cars skidded on the icy road and caused the head-on clash. Some 3,400 households lost power in Tokyo and its vicinities “because of the heavy snow and other reasons.” Some sections of expressways mainly in central Japan were also closed due to the snow. Several universities in Tokyo also delayed the start of their en–trance examinations for the new academic year starting in April. Further snowfall is expected on Saturday after–noon and early Sunday in Tokyo, with up to 20 centime–ters of snow expected, the weather agency said. The agency issued a heavy snow warning for Tokyo, the first such warning for the capital in 13 years, calling on residents not to go out unless necessary. The agency also warned of strong winds and high waves in eastern Japan.

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