Woman killed by snow falling from roof


A 59-year-old woman died after she was apparently hit by snow falling from the roof of her house in Rumoi, Hokkaido, police said Thursday.

According to police, the woman, identified as Yoko Nagara, lived alone in a municipal housing area. TBS reported that her neighbor, concerned at not having seen Nagara for three days, went looking for her and found her covered by snow.

Police said it was likely the woman was hit by falling snow. Japan Meteorological Agency officials said the area had experienced snowfall of about 52 centimeters three days ago.

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Nice to hear at least that Nagara-san hat least had someone looking out for her. Many people living alone do not. Oh well - rest in peace!

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So sad. I hope no more incidents like this will happen this year but winter has just begun and the snow is already in full force...stay safe out there everybody.

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And a 78-year-old woman in Hirosaki, Aomori was found by a passerby on Thursday morning. Dead from hitting her head when she fell off her first story roof while clearing snow. Winter has begun with a wallop. I hope we can skip the usual chorus of posters here who say "what was the stupid old person doing on the roof, where were the family members, she should have let the snow collapse her roof, etc etc". Until you have lived in one of these areas you have no idea what is like for these people. If you feel the urge please stifle it and instead move to a heavy snow area and spend the next months as a volunteer snow clearing person.

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Kudos to educator60 for your post. You are 100% right

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Thanks Hawkeye, Lots of snow today. Eagerly awaiting the swarms of volunteers arriving any day now ;-)

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