• Kyodo


A day after an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture, the body of a missing woman was found Sunday, police said.

The body of Noriko Yamaguchi, 56, from Gifu Prefecture, was found near the site of the avalanche, they said.

Police found two backpacks nearby and believe others could be missing but had to give up the search for the day due to the risk of another avalanche.

Yamaguchi and three others in a group of six climbers were hit by the avalanche Saturday morning. The three others were later rescued. On Saturday, one of the three rescued climbers told reporters that he saw around eight or nine other climbers in two groups near the site of the avalanche.

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