Avalanche In Tibet Kills 28 People, Search Is Suspended

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Avalanche In Tibet Kills 28 People, Search Is Suspended

The death toll from an avalanche on a Tibetan roadway, which Chinese state media has put at 28, has prompted the conclusion of a rescue mission. Falling snow engulfed the exit of a tunnel on Tuesday evening, trapping people in their automobiles in the city of Nyingchi, located in the country’s southeastern corner. The avalanche, according to local rescue workers, was “caused by high winds.” How many persons are still missing is yet unknown. In spite of this, Global Times reports, citing a local government official, that 53 survivors were located, including five who had critical injuries.

State-run A total of 1,348 rescue workers and 236 pieces of equipment were dispatched by local officials, according to Xinhua news agency, to help excavate a 7.5km tunnel (4.66 miles) A roadway connecting the Mainling county town of Pai with the Tibetan county of Medog was buried by the avalanche. Nearly 4,500 metres (14,764 feet) in height, the mountain has steep slopes and a section of the road that traverses it is rocky.

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Local emergency rescue headquarters experts told Xinhua that rising temperatures contributed to the incident. Avalanches are common in the Himalayas because it is home to the highest mountains on Earth. Back in October, at least 26 people perished when an avalanche swept through a mountaineering expedition on Mount Draupadi ka Danda-II in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Daniel Harrison

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