WORLD Avalanche kills snowboarder in Japan's Gunma prefecture


Avalanche kills snowboarder in Japan's Gunma prefecture


22:26, January 29, 2023

Trucks are seen stuck due to heavy snow on the Shin-Meishin Expressway in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture on January 25, 2023. (Photo: AFP)

TOKYO, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- A snowboarder was killed on Sunday after being caught in an avalanche in eastern central Japan's Gunma prefecture, local media reported.

The 46-year-old woman, among a group of four, was snowboarding in the backcountry area at Mount Tanigawa in the town of Minakami, and the rest of the group called the police at 10:55 a.m. local time to report her missing, Kyodo News reported.

Following the report, the woman, a company employee in the prefecture, was found buried in snow and unconscious, according to the local police station.

Her death was confirmed later after being transported to a hospital in the city of Maebashi. The other three were not injured.

On the same day, another avalanche accident was reported at a ski resort in the country's Nagano prefecture, where two among a group of five foreign skiers still remained unconscious at the scene.

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