One killed, seven missing in avalanche in Tibet
Triggered by torrential rains and ice and snow thawing, the disaster occurred on Wednesday morning near the Bitong village.world Updated: Sep 06, 2007 09:54 IST
One person was killed and nine others were seriously injured when a avalanche hit a village of Bomi County in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, state media reported on Thursday.
Rescuers were searching for seven villagers who went missing in the disaster on Wednesday, officials from the People's Armed Police (PAP) said.
Triggered by torrential rains and ice and snow thawing, the disaster occurred on Wednesday morning near the Bitong village, 53 km from the county seat of Bomi, resulting in serious mud-rock flow. The mud-rock flow destroyed a 850-meter section of the highway linking Tibet and Sichuan Province, Xinhua news agency reported.
Continuous rains and snow-melting also aggravated mud-rock flows in the disaster area and hampered rescue operations.
The communication corps of the PAP dispatched its men and equipment to the site for emergency rescue.
The cut-off traffic is expected to be resumed on September 7. Bomi, with an average altitude of 4,200 meters, is situated in eastern Tibet.