07:44 GMT01 August 2021
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    A second avalanche in as many days occurred in Bahcesaray, a district of Van Province in eastern Turkey, burying a rescue team working to retrieve people trapped under an earlier avalanche.

    According to initial reports from local medics, eight rescuers died under the snow slide, while up to 20 were believed missing.

     

    The rescue team were responding to an earlier avalanche that buried a snow-clearing vehicle and a minibus at a highway near the town of Bahcesehir on Tuesday. As a result of the avalanche, five people were killed, and two were trapped.

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