Avalanches kill 33 people in eastern Turkey | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 06, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:14 AM, February 06, 2020

Avalanches kill 33 people in eastern Turkey

At least 33 people were killed in eastern Turkey yesterday by a second avalanche which buried a team of rescuers searching for people hit by the first the day before. The bodies of 33 rescue workers and civilians were discovered in Van province, where they had been helping dig out a minibus buried by snow late Tuesday, the government’s disaster agency AFAD said. Five people aboard the vehicle were killed, taking the overall toll to 38. Eight people had been rescued alive from the first avalanche. Television images showed dozens of people scrambling up the mountains, digging through snow in blizzards to find those trapped under the snow. The number of those injured was 53 in total after the second avalanche hit after 0900 GMT between Bahcesaray and Catak districts, AFAD said.

 

 

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