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Italy avalanche: At least one dead and several missing after horror Belluno avalanche #avalanche #Belluno #Italy

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An AVALANCHE in Italy has killed at least one person and several people are believed missing.

One person was rescued after an avalanche on Tofana di Rozes in Belluno, Italy reported from the local news outlet via Leggo. The avalanche occurred this morning in the Tofana di Rozes area above the Giussani refuge, in Cortina in the Veneto region. A 23-year-old man from Belluno in Italy died.

The man’s 27-year-old brother who was with him was saved.

The accident is being examined by the carabinieri of the Cortina mountain station.

Rescuers from the Alpine Rescue of the Guardia di Finanza intervened promptly.

They are currently putting in place all the necessary maneuvers for a full rescue.

Rescue attempts have been hampered by another avalanche from the Punta Penia area.

This area is part of the Marmolada glacier.

At the moment there are no reports of other fatalities in that area.

An alarm has been raised in local ski resorts.

Courtesy of express.co.uk


Pacific storm to increase avalanche danger in North Idaho, USA

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Officials are warning that the avalanche danger in the mountains of North Idaho will increase over the weekend.
The Spokesman Review reports that snow recently fell in the mountains and the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center says the risk of a slide will increase as a new Pacific storm arrives in the region.
The National Weather Service issued an avalanche warning for Sunday and Monday for the mountains of Bonner, Boundary and Shoshone counties. Officials predict 5 to 17 inches of new snow for the weekend.
The avalanche center said it found two layers of instability in the snow pack and they could fail with new snow on top. The center says the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains near Sandpoint and the St. Regis Basin in Shoshone County has moderate avalanche danger through Saturday and increasing Sunday.
Courtesy of KBOI2

Severe snowstorm and avalanche has killed 20 trekkers and guides in Nepal’s Himalayas

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Severe weather triggered by the tail end of Cyclone Hudhud, which battered neighbouring India’s east coast, hit trekking groups on the Annapurna circuit as well as mountaineers trying to scale the avalanche-prone Mount Dhaulagiri in central Nepal on Tuesday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed no Australians are believed to have been affected.
“The Australian Embassy in Kathmandu remains in close contact with Nepalese authorities. Nepalese authorities have advised there are no reports of Australian casualties, so far, in the incident,” a statement reads.
As the weather cleared on Wednesday in the remote Mustang and Manang districts, rescuers trudging through waist-deep snow found 27 stranded trekkers, an official said.
But some 168 foreign tourists were registered to hike in the districts and authorities are now trying to track the rest of them down, said police official Ganesh Rai who is heading the rescue effort.
Two Slovakian mountaineers and three Nepalese guides went missing after an avalanche struck teams stationed at the base camp of 8,167-metre (26,795 foot) Mount Dhaulagiri on Tuesday night.
“Two Slovakian climbers and three Nepalese guides are missing at Dhaulagiri base camp after an avalanche, they were here to scale the mountain,” local official Tulsiram Bhandari told AFP from Myagdi district.
In neighbouring Mustang, rescuers conducting helicopter sorties found twelve bodies, — two Israelis, a Pole, a Vietnamese and eight Nepalese trekkers and guides — blanketed by thick snow.
“There has been heavy snowfall in the area, up to three feet (91 centimetres),” said police official Rai.
“We have found twelve bodies in Mustang, including four foreigners — two from Israel, one from Poland and one from Vietnam,” Rai told AFP, correcting his earlier information that two of those killed were Polish.
Rescuers, aided by a Nepal army helicopter and several others hired by trekking agencies, also found the bodies of five hikers caught in an avalanche in neighbouring Manang.
“A chopper search has located the bodies of five people, including four Canadians and an Indian, killed in an avalanche,” Rai said.

Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 Nepali Guides

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An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.

The avalanche, the deadliest in eight years, hit the most popular route to the mountain’s peak. Three Nepali guides were injured and up to five people were missing, said Dipendra Paudel at the Tourism Ministry’s mountaineering department.

It was the first major avalanche on Mount Everest this climbing season, when hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers flock to the mountain to attempt to reach its 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak.

The avalanche hit the sherpa guides relatively low on the mountain, between base camp and camp 1, early on Friday, ministry officials said.

Helicopters and rescuers on foot had been sent to the site, said senior ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti.

More than 4,000 climbers have scaled Everest’s summit since it was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. The route they took is the one hit by the avalanche on Friday.

Nearly 250 people have died on the mountain.

Everest is on the border between Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet and can be climbed from both sides.

Nepal’s Tourism Ministry has issued permits to 334 foreign climbers to scale Mount Everest this season, up from 328 the whole of last year. Nepal plans to cut fees to climb the mountain despite concern about overcrowding.

An equal number of sherpa guides also climb the mountain to help the foreign mountaineers. They often go ahead of the foreign climbers, preparing the way by fixing ropes and setting up camps.

The climbing season usually ends in late May when rainy season wind and cloud push up from the south to cloak the Himalayas, making climbing at high altitudes virtually impossible.

Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks.

Moderate Avalanche At Slovenia

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03.01.14 Slovenia Landslide