BREAKING NEWS: Japan avalanche leaves eight students with no signs of life

BREAKING NEWS: Japan avalanche leaves eight students with no signs of life

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Rescuers search for missing people after the avalanche.
Photo: Kyodo

Eight senior high school boys hit by an avalanche on a ski slope north of Tokyo were found displaying no vital signs on Monday morning. In Japan, a doctor has to examine the bodies before an official death notice can be issued. More than 30 other people were injured in the avalanche, which occurred on a ski slope during a spring mountaineering workshop involving school children and their teachers in the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture.

More than 60 students from seven different high schools and a dozen teachers were believed to be on the slope at the time when the avalanche occurred.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a parliamentary session that his government “will make every effort to respond to the disaster, while making it a top priority to rescue victims of the avalanche”.

Tochigi Prefecture is located in the Kanto region just 120 km north of Tokyo on the island of Honshu.

Edited by Sam Gusway

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Avalanche leaves 8 with no signs of life

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