Avalanche hits students on mountaineering trip in Japan, six feared dead
About 50 students from seven high schools were on the mountaineering trip.world Updated: Mar 27, 2017 09:24 IST
Six high school students were feared dead on Monday after they were engulfed by an avalanche while on a mountain-climbing outing, officials and reports said.
Local authorities and police confirmed that an avalanche had hit early on Monday on the mountain in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo.
Public broadcaster NHK reported that six high school students were found with no vital signs.
NHK also said three other students were injured, while three teachers on the excursion could not immediately be contacted.
Tochigi prefectural authorities said about 50 students from seven high schools were on the mountaineering trip. Television footage showed heavy snow on the mountain.
The avalanche occurred in the town of Nasu about 120km north of Tokyo.