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May 9, 2016

Landslide in China leaves 41 missing persons

Landslide in China leaves 41 missing persons

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On Saturday night, in Taining distrinct, Fujian Province, China, an avalanche of about 100,000 m3 hit a construction site for a hydraulic power station. Initial reports said 34 people were missing, but over the following hours local authorities increased this figure to 41 people missing.

This event occurred after heavy rains recorded the previous day in that area. The country’s president, Xi Jinping, asked local authorities to increase their efforts to establish the whereabouts of missing persons.

This slippage also reportedly injured seven people. Xinhua also said the rescue effort and search for possible survivors has involved more than 400 rescuers. Several media have released images of this landslide, the images show various structural remains (walls, roofs, etc.) that were floating near the banks of the hills that were affected by the rains river.

Earlier in December 2015 in Shenzhen City, a landslide left a toll of 77 people missing. The Government had indicated at the time that the disaster was due to security failures.



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January 10, 2014

Avalanche in Vail, Colorado kills one

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An avalanche near Vail, Colorado trapped four people Tuesday, killing one person later identified as Anthony “Tony” Seibert, and injuring the other three. Anthony Seibert was the grandson of Peter Seibert Sr., who with Earl Eaton around 1960 cofounded the resort area in the backcountry that would become part of the Vail Ski Resort.

The Eagle County Coroner reported the avalanche happened around 11:30 A.M. local time (1830 UTC) in an area known as the East Vail Chutes, near the ski resort of Vail. Spencer Logan of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the area is locally known as dangerous, having already killed two people in 2008. The other three have been found and reported to have suffered nonfatal injuries, walking away from the incident without needing hospital care.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports five fatalities this season, including another in Colorado on December 31, on Parkview Mountain west of Willow Creek Pass, and a snowmobiler in Big Sky, Montana on New Year’s Day. A friend of the Seibert family, Scott Klumb, told CNN Seibert’s death reminds people “to be careful in the backcountry […] As exciting as it may look, you have to take the proper precautions.”

Peter Seibert Sr. was renowned in the skiing business as, among other roles, the first president of Vail Associates, which he helped make one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the US. He died aged 77 in July 2002.



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July 12, 2012

Nine die in French Alps avalanche at Mont Maudit

Nine die in French Alps avalanche at Mont Maudit

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An avalanche in the French Alps has caused at least nine fatalities, French authorities have confirmed. At least another nine were also injured in the incident in the Mont Maudit, close to the commune of Chamonix in the south-east of the country.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident area when one of the individuals directly affected by the avalanche activated the emergency alarm at approximately 0525 CEST (0325 UTC) this morning. Local authorities have described the avalanche, which impacted roped groups, as “the most deadly of recent years”.

Four people are reportedly still missing. Heat-seeking devices and helicopters are being used by rescue workers to search for missing persons.

Around 28 individuals of various nationalities were thought to be participating in the expedition. Injured victims have been transported to hospital by airlift.

Mont Maudit, the third greatest peak in the Mont Blanc massif, has a height of 4,465 metres (about 14,650 feet). Its name translates into English as ‘cursed mountain’.



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March 14, 2010

Avalanche in Canadian Rocky Mountains kills two

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Two people in the Canadian Rocky Mountains were killed yesterday in an avalanche that struck an informal meeting of 200 snowmobilers. 30 others were hurt, and nineteen people were treated and released at a hospital.

According to reports, the incident occurred on Boulder Mountain near Revelstoke, British Columbia on Saturday at 15.30 local time; officials believe several more people may be trapped beneath the rubble.

“The Canadian Avalanche Centre [CAC] based in Revelstoke has had a warning for the last three weeks expressing extreme caution in the backcountry,” commented Revelstoke mayor David Raven, who noted that the gathering had not been authorised. “A fresh snowfall overnight exacerbated that warning. I know people have been cautioned again and again,” he said to CTV Newsnet. The CAC reports that there were ten avalanches in the vicinity since Friday.

Local police conducted a room-to-room search of a nearby hotel to establish whether anybody with the group was missing. Meanwhile, rescue teams dispatched helicopters to the mountain to see if it was safe to launch a more thorough ground search.



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January 14, 2009

British Columbia avalanche death toll rises

British Columbia avalanche death toll rises

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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This winter has seen an increase in avalanche frequency in British Columbia (file photo).

Today the RCMP announced the identity of a snowmobiler killed in an avalanche on Sunday, bringing British Columbia’s (BC’s) avalanche death toll for the past three weeks up to 13. The victim, identified as Harold Keith Waldner, 45, of Rycroft, Alberta, had been part of a group of 14 snowmobilers exploring a remote area near Chetwynd in northern BC.

Waldner and his party were about 25km (16mi) from their parked vehicles when the avalanche hit, burying five people in snow that was as much as three metres (9.8ft) deep. While all five were dug out by those who had not been buried, Waldner had already succumbed to the conditions, and his body was left by the group, fearing further slides; the body was recovered late Monday by search and rescue crews. The recovery effort had been hindered by the area still being at high risk for another avalanche.

BC has seen an inordinate number of casualties due to avalanches this winter. Waldner was one of two deaths last weekend, the other occurring near Enderby. Though 30 snowmobilers quickly responded to a call to assist in digging out 24-year-old Matt Simmons, the man was not wearing a beacon and was not recovered quickly enough to save him.

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On December 28, eight snowmobilers died in slides near Fernie in BC’s southeast.

The RCMP are asking the public to take every precaution when in the backcountry. “Please do not operate snowmobiles in areas where avalanches are likely or may possibly occur,” a news release urged.

RCMP spokesman Constable Craig Douglass was critical of thoall>Pl takThe RCMPn Dessary safety measures. “I don’t know what goes through their minds, but I guess the fun outweighs the risks and they’re making the choice to go in these areas.” He noted that people can still enjoy the outdoors safely, as long as they find “places they can operate snowmobiles that are going to be safe, that are >Pl in avalanche areas or zones.”

In the 2002-2003 winter season, BC saw 29 people killed in avalanches.



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August 24, 2008

Eight mountaineers missing on Mont Blanc in French Alps after avalanche

Eight mountaineers missing on Mont Blanc in French Alps after avalanche

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mont Blanc in the Alps, is the highest mountain in Western Europe.

Rescue crews have called an end to the search for eight mountaineers who went missing on the French side of Mont Blanc after an avalanche that occurred on at 0100 GMT August 24. Eight other climbers were also injured. Five of the missing are said to be Austrian and three were from Switzerland.

“[There is] no longer any chance of finding someone alive,” stated the interior minister of France, Michele Alliot-Marie who also added that are more people trapped beneath the snow. “Thanks to technology, we know for certain there are people buried under the snow, but it’s impossible to be sure exactly how many.”

Rescuers feared that there would be more avalanches and decided to end the search for survivors in the late afternoon today. The avalanche started at an elevation of 3,600 meters and went down the mountainside for nearly 100 meters, leaving a trail 50 meters wide. Rescuers used helicopters and dogs to search for survivors for a day, but failed to find any.

“[I saw] a wall of ice coming towards us and then we were carried 200 metres,” said one of the survivors from Italy, Marco Delfini who also said he tried to help the others caught in the snow.

There have been many accidents in the Alps this summer, about one hundred climbers have perished since June 1 in France, Italy and Switzerland altogether, of whom about twenty have died on Mont Blanc.



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August 4, 2008

Death toll rises to eleven in K2 mountain avalanche

Death toll rises to eleven in K2 mountain avalanche

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The Associated Press (AP) and CNN reported about midday UTC that the death toll in the Sunday’s accident on K2 has risen to eleven.

Two Dutch climbers have been rescued by helicopter, the AP also said. CNN reports that two of the people killed were climbing up the mountain in an attempt to assist others.

AP says that about two dozen climbers began the accent of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, Friday after the weather had cleared. Climbers are listed as from the Netherlands, South Korea, Italy, Norway, France, Nepal, Serbia, Pakistan and Ireland.

Trouble began on Sunday when several climbers decided to turn back citing rope placement problems. CNN reports the group was climbing in two teams and both were descending from near the summit when an a large chuck of ice fell sweeping three people off the mountain.

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The ice triggered an avalanche which caused confusion within the party.

Wilco Van Rooijen, one of the two rescued Dutch climbers, spoke to AP via phone. He blames poor planning in addition to the avalanche.

“Everything was going well to Camp Four, and on summit attempt, everything went wrong,” Van Rooijen said.

He told AP that a low-cloud bank caused whiteout on the mountain, but he chose to begin his decent from the area near the summit.

“There was a Korean guy hanging upside down,” Van Rooijen told AP. “There was a second Korean guy who held him with a rope but he was also in shock and then a third guy was there also, and they were trying to survive but I had also to survive.”

One stranded climber, Marco Confortola, an Italian who spoke with his brother by phone, described the events as hellish.

“Up there it was hell. During the descent, beyond 8,000 meters (26,000 feet), due to the altitude and the exhaustion I even fell asleep in the snow and when I woke up I could not figure out where I was,” Confortola told the ANSA news agency.

A helicopter rescue for Confortola had to be delayed due to poor weather. He told his brother that he was able to walk down to the base camp.

CNN reports that this is the deadliest accident on K2 since records were kept in 1939. 66 people — not counting those in the latest incident — have died on the mountain since then.



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January 6, 2007

Avalanche buries cars in Colorado

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Saturday, January 6, 2007

An avalanche on U.S. Route 40, which was 100 feet wide and 15 feet deep, has buried many cars, caused other cars to be pushed over the edge of an expressway, and injured eight people, just outside of Denver, Colorado. The avalanche started at 10:30 AM, starting about 12 miles off Interstate 70, and taking three different paths down the mountain before coming to a stop.

“Our crews said it was the largest they have ever seen. It took three paths,” said a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation, Stacey Stegman.

All eight (7 adults, 1 minor) have been taken to the St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. According to a hospital spokeswoman, all of the victims suffered minor injuries. Seven patients were released on Saturday. There were no casualties.

U.S. route 40 is currently closed to traffic. According to Winter Park spokesman Matt Sugar, there are no plans to close the ski hills. “We’ve gotten calls from all over the country asking if the resort is closed,” he said, “and the answer is no.”

This is the third snow storm to hit the Denver area in three weeks.


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August 10, 2005

Slovenian alpinist rescued from Himalayan peak

Slovenian alpinist rescued from Himalayan peak

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Early Wednesday morning (5:30 am local time), the Pakistani military helicopter Lama III rescued Slovenian alpinist Tomaž Humar, who went up on a solo climb on one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

Humar became trapped by a bad weather and avalanches in a ice-cave on 5 August at an approximate height of 5900 meters with no food left for the last few days. After Mr. Humar was back in the base-camp, the mission medic Dr. Anda Perdan said he has some very beginning of chilblains on his toes, but she expects there will be no serious consequences. By one of the Slovenian news-sites 24ur.com – Srečen, na trdnih tleh, he decided to stay in the base-camp after the rescue mission (and not being taken to the hospital), however, by the Reuters news agency, he has been later taken to a hospital located in the mountain town of Gilgit.

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February 21, 2005

Kashmir avalanches kill at least 100

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Monday, February 21, 2005

Avalanches following the worst snow in two decades have killed over 100 people south of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, with many more still missing and remote areas still isolated. Forty-five tourists have been rescued, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers–including a large number of Indian troops–deal with the 4.5 metres of snow that have fallen since last Friday.

The crisis has cut off electricity in Srinagar for three days and is not affecting the water supplies. There are queues for cooking gas, and helicopters have been bringing in additional supplies.

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