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Italy avalanche toll at 15 as helicopter crash adds to pain

fireman carrying a puppy found at the avalanche-hit hotel rigopiano
RESCUED. A handout picture released on January 23, 2017 by the Italian Firemen “Vigili del Fuoco” shows a fireman carrying a puppy found at the avalanche-hit Hotel Rigopiano, near the village of Farindola, on the eastern lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain. Fabio GATTO / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP

Rescuers have refused to give up hope of finding more people through the snow-covered wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano

FARINDOLA, Italy (Jan. 25, 2017) — The death toll from an avalanche that swamped an Italian mountain hotel rose to 15 Tuesday, January 24, with 14 still missing, as a nearby helicopter crash dealt another blow to a region reeling from earthquakes and the heaviest snowfall in decades. Continue reading Italy avalanche toll at 15 as helicopter crash adds to pain

Children saved in Italy avalanche hotel miracle

rescuer taking part in the salvage operations in front of the hotel rigopiano engulfed by a powerful avalanche
AFTERMATH. A handout picture released on January 19, 2017 by the Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico (CNSAS) shows a rescuer taking part in the salvage operations in front of the Hotel Rigopiano engulfed by a powerful avalanche in Farindola on January 19, 2017, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region. Handout photo by CNSAS/AFP

The rescues mean all 4 children known to have been in the Rigopiano hotel when it was hit by a wall of snow on Wednesday, January 18, have been saved

PENNE, Italy (Jan. 20, 2017) — A woman and 4 children were pulled alive Friday, January 20, from the ruins of an Italian hotel and 5 other survivors were located under the snow, two days after the building was buried under an avalanche. Continue reading Children saved in Italy avalanche hotel miracle

Bodies of climbers emerge from Himalayan glacier after 16 years

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HIMALAYAS. The bodies of top mountaineer Alex Lowe and his cameraman have been found in a Himalayan glacier. File photo

Two climbers last week came across the men’s remains ‘still encased in blue ice but beginning to emerge from the glacier’

KATHMANDU, Nepal (May 3, 2016) — The bodies of top mountaineer Alex Lowe and his cameraman have been found in a Himalayan glacier, 16 years after they were buried by an avalanche on one of the world’s highest mountains. Continue reading Bodies of climbers emerge from Himalayan glacier after 16 years

Nepal’s ‘ice doctors’ return to Everest after avalanche

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PEAK. Mount Everest as seen from the aircraft of Drukair in Bhutan. The aircraft is south of the mountains, facing north. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Shrimpo1976
Nepal is hoping the April-May season will see climbers return to the world’s highest peak, providing much-needed revenue to the impoverished country

KATHMANDU, Nepal (Feb. 29, 2016) — Nepal’s experienced “ice doctors” were preparing on Sunday, February 28 to return to Everest to ready the mountain for the upcoming climbing season, Continue reading Nepal’s ‘ice doctors’ return to Everest after avalanche