The Self-Defense Forces used helicopters to deliver supplies to residents trapped by heavy snow.
China News Service, February 20th According to the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), on the 19th, the Japanese government’s Emergency Disaster Prevention Headquarters held a meeting to discuss the snowfall measures. As of 10:00 pm local time on the 19th, 1166 households in the 1 Du 6 counties with Kanto as the center were still trapped. And because many roads leading to the trapped areas still do not have heavy machinery to participate in disaster relief, the snow freezes and hardens, and snow removal is getting harder and harder.
The Ministry of Emergency Response Measures of the Japanese Government was established on the 18th and held a meeting in Tokyo on the 19th. The director of the relevant provincial department attended the meeting. The meeting also heard the report of the local government headquarters of the Yamanashi Prefecture Government through the video conferencing system.
The Minister of Disaster Prevention, Japan’s National Defense Office, instructed the relevant provincial offices to re-examine the situation in areas still covered by heavy snow, such as what materials are needed and when the local area can resume transportation.
As of 10:00 pm local time on the 19th, there are still 1,166 households trapped in 1 Du 6 counties centered on Kanto. The rescue teams such as the Self-Defense Forces continue to carry materials and carry out snow removal operations.
The main roads in Yamanashi Prefecture have been restored, and the road conditions have gradually improved. However, many roads leading to the trapped areas still do not have heavy machinery to participate in disaster relief. The snow freezes and hardens, and snow removal becomes more and more difficult.
The Japanese central government will send additional machinery to these areas. In addition, helicopters arriving at the local Self-Defense Force commando team are carrying out concentrated snow removal. As of the 19th, food and fuel have been sent to three trapped areas, but there are still some areas where there is a shortage of supplies.
Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang