• Short Summary

    THE FIERCE BLIZZARDS, WHICH HAVE HIT NORTHERN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA IN THE PAT FOUR WEEKS, HAVE ALSO SWEPT ACROSS SIBERIA INTO JAPAN, CAUSING A HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE.

  • Description

    THE FIERCE BLIZZARDS, WHICH HAVE HIT NORTHERN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA IN THE PAT FOUR WEEKS, HAVE ALSO SWEPT ACROSS SIBERIA INTO JAPAN, CAUSING A HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE.

    LATE REPORT PUT THE CASUALTIES AT MORE THAN 76 DEAD, EIGHT MISSING AND MORE THAN SEVENTY INJURED THROUGH THE WEATHER IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

    BLINDING SNOW AND FREEZING WINDS STOPPED OR DISRUPTED ALMOST ALL AIR, RAIL AND ROAD TRAFFIC IN MANY NORTHERN AREAS OF JAPAN AND DAMAGE IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED MORE THAN GBP1,000,000.THE WEATHER CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE WORST IN MORE THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS.

    IN MOUNTAIN REGIONS OF NIIGATA AND FUKUI PREFECTURES, AVALANCHES HAVE CAUSED HEAVY DAMAGE.PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO DIG ENTIRE HOMES OUT OF THE SNOW IN SOME PLACES THE THATCHED ROOFS HAVE COLLAPSED UNDER THE WEIGHT OF UP TO SIX FEET OF FROZEN SNOW.

    SNOWPLOUGHS HAVE BEEN USED IN AN EFFORT TO CLEAR RAILWAY TRACKS AND GET RELIEF TRAINS, CARRYING FOOD, MEDICINE AND FUEL, TO AREAS CUT OFF FOR A WEEK OR MORE BY BLIZZARDS AND SNOW.SOME TRAINS HAVE BEEN STALLED IN THE SNOW FOR DAYS AND FREEZING WIND HAVE TURNED SNOW DRIFTS -- SOMETIMES 15 TO 20 FEET HIGH -- INTO WALLS OF ICE WHICH COULD NOT BE MOVED BY SNOW PLOUGHS.

    MEMBERS OF THE JAPANESE SELF-DEFENCE FORCES HAVE BEEN HELPING TO SHIP RELIEF SUPPLIES TO HARD HIT AREAS.BUT, EVEN AS THEY WORKED, THERE WERE FORECASTS OF MORE BLIZZARDS LIKELY TO SWEEP ACROSS FROM SIBERIA BRINGING FURTHER INTENSELY COLD WEATHER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA71BKF32A0CV3S1PO2QK3QQFLF
    Media URN:
    VLVA71BKF32A0CV3S1PO2QK3QQFLF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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