Tokyo, – Eight students were killed following an avalanche that occurred during a springtime climbing event on a ski slope in the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, on Monday.

A local fire department said over 30 people were also injured in the avalanche, The Tochigi prefectural government asked the Self-Defense Forces to send personnel on a disaster relief mission, Japan’s News Agency (Kyodo) reported.

More than 60 students from seven high schools in the prefecture, located around 120 kilometers north of Tokyo, were believed to have been on a slope when the avalanche happened at Nasuonsen Family Ski Resort in the morning, the authorities said.

The avalanche occurred on the upper side of a slope at the ski resort that ended this season’s operation last Monday.

Japan’s 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. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency