Fatal Avalanches in China and India

Fatal Avalanches in China and India

Fatal avalanches in China and India were devastating on Dec. 20, 2015. This is a photo taken by a drone that shows the damage in China. (https://twitter.com/china/status/678576077422333952)

On Dec. 20, 2015, there were two unrelated fatal avalanches in China and India.  On Sunday, they believed that 59 people were still missing in the Chinese avalanche. By Monday, that estimate had been increased to between 85 and 90.  No official deaths have yet been reported.

The Chinese landslide in Shenzhen buried 33 buildings and caused a nearby section of China’s major East-West gas pipeline to explode.  A total of 36 men and 23 women were known to be missing, as of 11:00 p.m. Shenzhen time.   Since that time, more individuals are also known to be missing. Shortly after the landslide, searchers detected signs of life in at least three different locations and attempts were underway to locate the victims.  The buried buildings included two workers’ dorms.

Fortunately, officials were able to evacuate over 900 people to safety before the landslide fully engulfed the site.  The government sent a group to coordinate rescue operations.

The devastation was photographed by drones.  Over 1500 people are searching through the debris, looking for survivors and helping with the rescue efforts.

Several obstacles are making the search more difficult, including the site is so narrow that rescuers must enter some areas on foot, they are dealing with steady rain, they are working under low nighttime visibility and there is over 100,000 sq. meters of mud and debris.

Separate Fatal Landslide in India

In an unrelated event, four people were killed in a landslide in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.  This was reported on BreakingNews.com and confirmed on Times of India.  However, no additional information is currently available.

India-landslide-TimesOfIndia

Times of India took this photo of the devastation that killed at least four people in an avalanche in that country. (https://twitter.com/timesofindia/status/678498553916878848)

Sources:

http://www.breakingnews.com (12/20/15)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/landslide-shenzhen-china-1.3373695

http://www.icrosschina.com/news/2015/1221/22486.shtml


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