The number of deaths attributed to snow-related accidents across Japan has surpassed 100, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said in a report on Friday.
The agency said that as of Thursday afternoon, the number of deaths was 103. Of those, 23 were in Niigata Prefecture, 21 in Hokkaido and 15 in Yamagata, NTV reported. Seventy-eight deaths came during snow removal work, including people falling off roofs. Seventeen died in avalanches, the agency said.
Of the total, 67 victims were aged 65 or older.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency is urging people to be careful while clearing snow from roofs.© Japan Today