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20 people feared buried in Italian avalanche

Rescue workers said around 20 people were buried by tons of snow, which swallowed people taking part in a competition.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 18:15 IST

Around 20 people were feared to have been buried on Friday after an avalanche swept down a mountainside near Italy's border with France, the ANSA news agency reported.

Rescue workers quoted by the agency said around 20 people were buried by tons of snow which swallowed competitors and officials taking part in a ski competition in Artesina near Cuneo, in the northern region of Piedmont.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 18:15 IST