South Korea and Japan gripped by snow chaos as temperatures plummet to -20C | World News

Record cold temperatures gripped East Asia for the second day.

Thousands of passengers gathered at the airport. South KoreaWednesday in an attempt to catch one of the few flights to Jeju Island that wasn’t affected by sub-zero temperatures and icy conditions.

I JapanOne person was killed by a falling tree, and two deaths are being investigated as cold weather-related, officials said.

Jeju Island, South Korea.  Photo: Park Ji Ho/Yonhap via AP
Jeju Island, South Korea. Photo: Park Ji Ho/Yonhap/AP

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About 140 homes in Seoul and nearby areas reported burst water pipes as temperatures dropped from -15C to -20C (5 to -4F).

At least eight roads and 10 waterways remained closed as of Wednesday afternoon. Authorities have not reported any major damage or injuries.

Rescuers braved choppy waters to continue searching for 22 crew members after the 6,551-tonne cargo ship capsized on Wednesday morning.

At least two have died and 14 have been rescued, nine of whom are unconscious, according to South Korean officials.

The ship sank 93 miles (150 km) south of Jeju Island. The Japanese coast guard said the water in the area remained rough with a temperature of 14C (57F).

Passengers wait for their flight tickets at Jeju International Airport.  Photo: Park Ji Ho/Yonhap via AP
Jeju International Airport. Photo: Park Ji Ho/Yonhap/AP

The chaos of travel

About 540 flights were scheduled in and out of Jeju on Wednesday alone, mostly to take passengers back to mainland cities.

More than 19 centimeters (7.5 inches) of snow had fallen on the island since Tuesday morning, with an estimated 40,000 people visiting the island for Lunar New Year celebrations.

Southern mainland cities and towns such as Gwangju and Gangjin reported about 10 to 12 cm (3.9 to 4.7 in) of snow and more than 70 cm (27.5 in) on the eastern island of Oleong.

According to the Ministry of Safety, heavy snowfall is expected as far as Seoul from late Wednesday to Thursday afternoon.

As South Korea’s air traffic returned to normal in Jeju, thousands of people using train services in western Japan were forced to stay in cars or stations overnight, while vehicles were stranded on major roads across the country, Kyodo News reported. Left.

Heavy snow left a large number of vehicles stranded on the Shin-Mishin Expressway near the Komono Interchange on the border between Mie and Shiga prefectures for more than 10 hours. Pic: The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP
Vehicles were stuck on Japan’s Shinmeishin Expressway for more than 10 hours. Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP
Tottori, Tottori Prefecture, western Japan.  Photo: Kyodo News via AP
Tottori, Tottori Prefecture, western Japan. Photo: Kyodo News/AP

A cold weather warning was also issued in North Korea.

Temperatures in Pyongyang were forecast to drop to minus -19C (-2.2F) on Wednesday morning. Authorities have reportedly called for “comprehensive measures” to stem the economic fallout.

Record low temperature in China

Chaos in Japan and South Korea has caused temperatures to drop to record lows. In parts of northern ChinaOne city recorded with -53C (-63F).

State broadcaster CCTV said a weather station in Mohe, Heilongjiang province, recorded a record low on Sunday, breaking the city’s previous record of -52C (-61F) set in 1969.

China's northernmost city of Mohe has recorded the lowest temperature ever recorded, state media said.
Mohe is the northern city of China.

Sky News meteorologist Joanna Robinson said China’s “extreme cold snap” followed one of the country’s worst heatwaves.

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