Record snowfall in Japan

25 Jan 2016 –  The record snowfall and low temperatures are affecting farm produce. In the western prefecture of Shimane, the heavy snow crushed greenhouses.

Analysts say the prices of vegetables are expected to rise

The storm paralyzed transportation, forced cancellation of 200 domestic flights, and delayed hundreds of bullet trains.

The cold ruptured water pipes and cut power lines, affecting thousands of households.

In the south, sleet fell on Amami Oshima Island for the first time since 1901. Residents there usually enjoy temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius this time of year.

Sleet also fell on the main island of Okinawa, the first measurable snowfall in history.

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  1. Thailand, January, 27, 2016: More deaths reported from cold weather. As upper Thailand continues to be affected by the cold spell, nine deaths believed to stem from hypothermia were reported in Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Tak, Rayong and Udon Thani provinces. (..) The cold spell prompted a primary school in Phetchabun’s Khao Khor district to close so pupils wouldn’t have to traverse in the chilly weather to school. The province’s resort Phu Thub Berk reported a temperature of 0 C with poor visibility due to fog. In a chilly Sakhon Nakhon province at 7-9 C, the provincial governor sent 6,000 blankets to affected residents in 18 districts, while in Ubon Ratchathani the provincial health office reported a growing number of flu and respiratory patients among children and the elderly,

    Bangladesh, January 25, 2016: At least 286 children were admitted to Pabna General Hospital with cold-related diseases in the last 24 hours till 10am on Monday. Acting assistant director of the hospital Mahmudur Rahman said the children had been suffering from pneumonia, cough, asthma, diarrhoea and fever, caused by severe cold.
    Besides, nearly 1000 patients, including children, received treatment from the hospital in the last one week for cold-related diseases, he said.
    Life is almost paralysed by the biting cold in nine upazilas of the district. The poor are burning hey and fallen leaves to keep them warm.
    Sources at Ishwardi Met office said the weather may remain nearly unchanged over the district.
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    Pakistan, January 26, 2016. Biting cold brings life to halt.
    Punjab schools shut down from 26th to 31st
    LAHORE: Dense fog and biting cold continued disturbing routine life in plains of the country including Lahore yesterday by disrupting road, air and rail traffic and causing large scale gas load shedding.
    Experts have forecast the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the couple of days.
    Intensity of fog is likely to decrease in plains of Pothohar region after two days.
    Punjab authorities have closed down schools from Jan 26 to 31 because of biting cold, a private TV channel reported.

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