Tragedy in Turkey, 8 rescue workers dead, dozens missing after second landslide avalanche
London, Feb. 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-At least eight rescue workers have been killed with dozens more trapped after a second avalanche in Turkey, officials have said.
The emergency crew had been sent to the site to find two other people missing in a previous avalanche.
Some 300 emergency service workers were called to a road near the mountain-surrounded town of Bahcesehir in Van province, which borders Iran, after an avalanche struck late on Tuesday, killing five people.
Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez said 25 emergency service members were rescued from under the snow and taken to hospital.
#BREAKING: At least 8 rescue workers in Turkey's eastern Van province have been killed after they were hit by an avalanche while searching for victims hit by another earlier avalanche.— I.E.N. (@BreakingIEN) February 5, 2020
There was no further information on their conditions.
Five people were killed and two others were missing after the first avalanche buried a snow-clearing vehicle and a minibus. The vehicle’s operator and seven passengers escaped alive.
The second avalanche struck on Wednesday as hundreds of emergency workers were searching for the two missing victims, private NTV television reported, adding that fog and heavy snow were hampering the rescue efforts.
State-run Anadolu Agency said the operator, Bahattin Karagulle, was trapped beneath the snow for some 25 minutes before he managed to break a window and escape.
The agency quoted him as saying that he walked towards a village before he was picked up by a vehicle and managed to seek help.