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and one teacher, mostly from Otawara High School in Tochigi, were found with no vi­tal signs, an of­fi­cial with a pre­fec­tural disas­ter task force said.

In Ja­pan, deaths in such cir­cum­stances are not an­nounced of­fi­cially un­til doc­tors can con­firm them.

Of­fi­cials ear­lier said eight stu­dents had no vi­tal signs. New­lands coal mines.

Gales were al­ready lash­ing the tourist re­sorts at Air­lie Beach and the Whit­sun­day Is­lands.

Townsville Air­port was closed and air­lines Qan­tas, Jet­star, Rex and Vir­gin Aus­tralia said they had can­celled sev­eral flights to and from the re­gion sched­uled for yes­ter­day and to­day.

Pic­tures showed res­i­dents who had stayed be­hind pro­tect­ing homes and shops with sand­bags and ply­wood boards.

“We’ll just give it a go and rally to­gether,” Cun­gulla res­i­dent Mike Kennedy told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

Queens­land pro­duced some 95 per cent of Aus­tralian ba­nanas and while Cy­clone Deb­bie was on course to miss the largest grow­ing re­gions in the state’s far north, an­a­lysts said heavy rains and strong winds could cause sig­nif­i­cant crop dam­age.

The cy­clone is ex­pected to miss most of re­gion’s coal mines,

Forty peo­ple had been in­jured, in­clud­ing two stu­dents in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, the pre­fec­tural of­fi­cial said.

“All vic­tims have been car­ried down from the moun­tain.”

The avalanche struck in the town of Nasu 120km north of here on the fi­nal day of the ex­cur­sion, Tochigi au­thor­i­ties said, adding that sol­diers were brought in at weather and min­ing data in Thom­son Reuters Eikon shows, and no ma­jor dry-bulk ves­sels are in storm’s path.

Po­lice blamed the wild weather the re­quest of the pre­fec­ture’s gov­er­nor.

Lo­cal me­dia cited ex­perts as say­ing it was likely a sur­face avalanche, caused by a heavy snow­fall ac­cu­mu­lat­ing on a pre­vi­ous de­posit of slip­pery snow.

“This (out­ing) is an an­nual event and we never had a ma­jor ac­ci­dent be­fore,” one of the teach­ers told Jiji Press. as­so­ci­ated with the storm for a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in which a 31year-old fe­male tourist died. Po­lice did not give the woman’s na­tion­al­ity. “I am re­ally shocked.”

The ski re­sort had been closed for the sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the op­er­a­tor’s web­site, with the lift stopped and no skiers at the site.

But, some of its fa­cil­i­ties were made avail­able for the high school moun­taineer­ing trip or­gan­ised by lo­cal phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties.


Fire­fight­ers car­ry­ing a sur­vivor from the site of an avalanche in Nasu, Tochigi pre­fec­ture, yes­ter­day.


Res­i­dents fill­ing sand­bags in prepa­ra­tion for the ar­rival of Cy­clone Deb­bie in the north­ern Aus­tralian town of Bowen yes­ter­day.

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