Heavy snow this weekend on Hokkaido island in northern Japan killed eight people, including a family trapped in a buried car.
In this photo, the vehicle of Kazuyo Miyashita is seen after being dug out of the snow along a road in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido. Kyodo news service says Miyashita, 40, her two daughters Misa, 17, and Sayo, 14, and her son Daiki, 11, died at a hospital Saturday night of carbon-monoxide poisoning after their vehicle got buried in the snow.
A policeman inspects the site where Miyashita's vehicle got buried in the snow. Heavy snow that fell on the main northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend has killed eight people, including the family.
Separately, Haruna Kitagawa, 23, froze to death after leaving her car, stuck in the snow. A 53-year-old man died Sunday after getting buried in the snow, although his 9-year-old daughter found with him was recovering, Kyodo said.
Also over the weekend, a 54-year-old man and a 76-year-old man were found collapsed in the snow in another part of Hokkaido, and both were confirmed dead, it said.