An avalanche has killed six skiers in the area of Monte Nevoso of the Italian Alps, making it one of the deadliest to hit the area in many years, rescuers said.
The peak, whose summit stands at 3,358 metres, is also known as Schneebiger Nock. Monte Nevoso lies in the Aurina valley in the South Tyrol region of northeastern Italy.
The casualties included five Italian nationals, one of whom was 16, and an Austrian woman.
The six were among a group of 15 people who were very close to the summit of Monte Nevoso, climbing at an altitude of more than 3,300 metres, when the avalanche hit in the late morning.
The others escaped unharmed, despite earlier reports several of them were injured.
Four helicopters were dispatched to the area but the altitude meant they were forced to fly with minimal fuel to reduce their airborne weight, hampering the operation.
Conditions were sunny and windy after heavy snowfall in recent weeks, a local police official said.
The skiers accounted for were climbing to the mountain’s summit and were planning to ski down. Exactly how the avalanche was caused is still unknown, a fire department spokeswoman said.
There was a “marked risk” of avalanche in the area at the time, Italian media reported.
Passenger bus falls from bridge, leaving 12 dead, injuring 46 in India’s Sitamadhi
PATNA — At least 12 people were killed and 46 others injured on Saturday after a passenger bus carrying them fell from a bridge in India’s eastern state of Bihar, officials said.
A bus carrying over 60 passengers fell off a bridge in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, about 130 kilometres north of state capital Patna, killing 12 persons on the spot on Saturday evening, local media reported.
The accident took place at around 6 pm on the National Highway 77 near Bhanaspatti village under Runnisaidpur area of the district. Police said the bus was heading to Aurai via Runnisaidpur from Muzaffarpur.
Reports said following the accident, some of the witnesses informed police who rushed to the spot along with health teams to carry out rescue operation.
Of the injured, 34 were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Runnisaidpur while 12 were rushed to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur.Follow @gorkhapost