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.