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World Turkey avalanches kill 31, including rescue workers

17:06  05 february  2020
17:06  05 february  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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At least 23 rescue workers have been killed on a mountain road in eastern Turkey after they were hit by an avalanche while searching for two people missing in an earlier snowslide. They included eight military police officers, three government-paid village guards, three firefighters and nine volunteers.

At least eight rescuers have been killed and dozens of people trapped after a second avalanche struck a mountainside in Turkey , officials say. About 300 rescue workers were at the site, near the eastern border with Iran, dealing with an earlier avalanche on Tuesday that killed five people.

At least 31 people, many of them rescuers, have been killed and dozens are feared trapped after two avalanches near Turkey's eastern border with Iran, authorities say.

More than 100 rescue workers had been sent to Van province in eastern Turkey to try and reach two people believed to be still buried after an avalanche on Tuesday evening hit the area, killing five, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said in a statement.

The second avalanche came down at around midday on Wednesday, burying rescue teams. Fourteen rescuers are among the 31 killed, the agency said.

Official says avalanches in Afghanistan kill 21 people .
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A series of avalanches struck a central province in Afghanistan the previous day, killing at least 21 people, authorities said Friday. According to Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman of the ministry for disaster management, seven people remain missing following the avalanches in central Daykundi province on Thursday while 10 were injured. According to Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman of the ministry for disaster management, seven people remain missing following the avalanches in central Daykundi province on Thursday while 10 were injured.

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