Kazuyoshi Wakaba, Minister of State Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, of Japan, said that his government will provide emergency financial aid to the northern regions, as local resources are not enough to remove snow.
At a press conference in Tokyo, the minister added that more than 60 people had died while trying to clean their homes from the snow that flooded them.
The Japanese minister added, “The government will quickly calculate the required amounts and provide for the safe removal of blemishes. We are very concerned about the killing of a record number of citizens, during the snow disposal operations.”
According to the minister, the number of victims this year surpassed the previous sad record set in the winter of 2017-2018.
The majority of those killed during snow-cleaning of buildings are elderly people who fell from the roofs of their homes, while trying to clean them from snow.
Since December last year, snowfall has continued non-stop, in the north of the main Japanese island of Honshu, and in the northern island of Hokkaido. This caused traffic paralysis and disrupted services, many times.