Dozens killed in an avalanche on a road in Tibet

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Death toll was confirmed late on Friday as 28 by Chinese authorities in an avalanche triggered by powerful winds which burried on Thursday multiple vehicles in deep snow and ice in Tibet in a road and highway tunnel connecting the city of Nyingchi with Medog county. Others are still missing and 53 people were rescued. Five of the survivors were seriously injured. Most of those traveling on the road at the time of the accident were Tibetan people returning to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year which starts Sunday.

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Some 1,300 rescue workers and dozens of emergency vehicles have been deployed at the site but now the search was called off. The mountain has an altitude of nearly 4,500 meters (14,764 ft). Rising temperatures also played a part in the disaster. The highway opened in 2018.