Death toll in Turkey avalanche disaster rises to 39

ISTANBUL (AP) — Search efforts have resumed in eastern Turkey, following two avalanches that killed dozens and left at least two people missing, Turkish news agencies reported.

The private DHA news agency said one body was recovered yesterday, bringing the death toll from the two avalanches to 39.

Rescue workers, were conducting scans in the eastern Van province yesterday to find the missing, according to the official Anadolu news agency.

Five people were killed and two people went missing in an avalanche that struck late on Tuesday. Some 300 emergency service workers were called to a highway near the mountain-surrounded town of Bahcesaray in Van province, which borders Iran. Around noon on Wednesday, the team was struck by a second avalanche. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said early yesterday that 47 people remained hospitalised with six in intensive care, but they were not in critical condition.

Emergency service members work in the snow around overturned vehicles. PHOTO: AP