Tibet: Eight people swept away by an avalanche

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Eight people were killed today and many others are missing after an avalanche hit the mountains of Tibetaccording to Chinese media.

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The Xinhua news agency reported that the avalanche formed at the exit of a tunnel on a road connecting Nyingchi City, Medog County, with Myingling County in southeastern Tibet.

Municipal officials in Nyingchi, a location located at an altitude of 3,040 meters, clarified that the avalanche trapped people in their cars and that a rescue operation is underway for those missing, Xinhua reported.

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The number of missing in the accident that occurred on Tuesday night is unclear.

The Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management today sent a team to Tibet and called for large-scale rescue efforts. He also asked to ascertain how many people remained trapped, according to China’s Global Times newspaper.

The avalanches not uncommon in the Himalayas. In October, at least 26 people died in India when an avalanche formed on Mount Droupadi and Dada-II in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Source: News Beast

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