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More Bodies found in Tibet avalanche; death toll rises to 28

by The Associated Press | January 21, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Rescuers search for survivors following an avalanche in Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. More bodies were found Friday following an avalanche that buried vehicles outside a highway tunnel in Tibet, raising the death toll more than a dozen with several people still missing. (Sun Fei/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING (AP) -- More bodies were found Friday following an avalanche that buried vehicles outside a highway tunnel in Tibet, raising the death toll to 28, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Images from the scene at the exit of the tunnel connecting the city of Nyingchi in Tibet's southwest with an outlying county showed about half a dozen backhoes digging through deep snow. Reports said around 1,000 rescuers had joined the effort.

Tons of snow and ice collapsed onto the mouth of the tunnel Tuesday evening, trapping drivers in their vehicles.

Many of the people were headed home for China's Lunar New Year holiday, which starts Sunday.

Nyingchi lies at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet, about a five-hour drive from the regional capital, Lhasa, along a highway that opened in 2018.

photo In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Rescuers search for survivors following an avalanche in Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. More bodies were found Friday following an avalanche that buried vehicles outside a highway tunnel in Tibet, raising the death toll more than a dozen with several people still missing. (Sun Fei/Xinhua via AP)

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