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article imageSeries of avalanches in China's NW region kill 4, 500 trapped

By Andrew Moran     Feb 25, 2010 in World
Urumchi - An avalanche that struck the northwest region of China has killed at least four people and roughly 500 are still trapped, however, the preliminary numbers are expected to rise.
On Thursday, it was announced that a series of avalanches in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang Uygur and Nilka County killed at least four people with the death toll expected to rise, according to Xinhua. Approximately 500 people are still trapped in the snow.
Avalanches in Xinjiang’s Hejing County killed at least one person, while one more is missing and 460 people are trapped, according to one official from the Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture of Bayingolin.
Tuesday’s avalanche struck an iron mining area and killed at least three people in the Nilka County and six more are trapped. However, rescue teams reached the six trapped miners and were confirmed alive. Rescue efforts are still continuing.
The avalanches covered areas with 2 meters thick with snow, notes English Eastday.
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