Tibet Avalanche Causes 28 Deaths and 53 Injured
At least 28 people died and 53 more were injured after an avalanche occurred on Tuesday in the mountainous southwestern region of Tibet. The avalanche took place at the exit of a tunnel near the Medog County highway at around 7:00 p.m. local time.
The cause of the avalanche was due to strong winds and a rise in temperatures in the area. Over 1,300 rescue troops were deployed for search and rescue, who ended the operation Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Local press reported that the rescue efforts resulted in the removal of 53 people alive, five of whom suffered serious injuries. Doxong, the area, is a high-altitude region with steep slopes and rugged roads.
The victims are being mourned, but authorities are also expressing satisfaction with the extraordinary rescue efforts of the 1,300 troops.