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Avalanche at Swiss ski resort Andermatt buries 'a number' of people

Avalanche at Swiss ski resort Andermatt buries 'a number' of peopleMountain rescuers and helicopters were searching last night for victims of four avalanches in Austria and Switzerland that injured at least two skiers. More holidaymakers were feared to have been buried under snow, Swiss and Austrian police said. After a big avalanche struck the Swiss resort of Andermatt, emergency workers rescued two people, who were airlifted to hospital with minor injuries. Four other skiers were pulled from the snow unhurt. The slopes were crowded when the avalanche occurred. Stefan Kern, a resort spokesman, said: “It is possible that other people have been buried,” he said. Reto Pfister, a police spokesman, said rescuers were assuming that there could be other victims and would continue searching. A large rescue team with avalanche dogs trained to sniff out people under the snow were combing the slopes at Andermatt, but had found no other other victims by the end of the day.  Three avalanches also came down at the Ankogel resort in Austria, where two off-piste skiers were buried but managed to climb out of the snow. Rescuers were also continuing the search at Ankogel, but had not found anyone by the end of the day, a police spokesman said. The avalanche risk throughout the Alps is at level three on a scale of five, according to the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. The threat stems mainly from fresh snow and snowdrifts caused by wind. “A dangerous avalanche can sometimes be triggered by a single skier if conditions are hazardous and there’s a lot of loose snow,” an official said. A skier who narrowly escaped the Andermatt avalanche with his daughter told the online newspaper 20 Minutes: “It happened in a flash. Our only thought was to get a move on to try to get out of the way. We were very lucky. I’m thanking my guardian angel.” He said helicopters arrived minutes after the avalanche, which officials said was about 300 metres (yards) long and 60 metres wide. No one had been reported missing by last night. A Swiss official said: “The police have to keep looking in case there’s anyone else trapped out there, but we’re crossing our fingers and hoping there isn’t. If anyone was missing, their families or friends would usually have notified us by this stage.”



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Mexico farm town buries 3 of 9 slain Americans

Mexico farm town buries 3 of 9 slain AmericansAs Mexican soldiers stood guard, a mother and two sons were laid to rest in hand-hewn pine coffins in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead. Clad in shirt sleeves, suits or modest dresses, about 500 mourners embraced in grief under white tents erected in La Mora, a hamlet of about 300 people who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the extended community — many of whom, like the victims, are dual U.S-Mexican citizens — had built the coffins themselves and used shovels to dig the shared grave in La Mora's small cemetery.



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Snowstorm buries Pacific Northwest, with more on the way

Snowstorm buries Pacific Northwest, with more on the waySEATTLE (AP) — Residents of the Pacific Northwest took to neighborhood hills with skis, sleds or even just laundry baskets Saturday to celebrate an unusual dump of snow in a region more accustomed to winter rain.



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Tanzania buries ferry disaster dead as toll hits 224

Tanzania buries ferry disaster dead as toll hits 224Tanzania declared the whole nation was in mourning Sunday as the first dozen bodies were buried from a devastating ferry capsize on Lake Victoria that left people 224 dead. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa led “national funerals” on the island of Ukara, where the MV Nyerere had been coming in to dock on Thursday. The prime minister said a memorial would be built on Ukara.



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Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victimsGENOA, Italy (AP) — With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims' hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a state funeral and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of negligence by Italian officials.



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Homes Destroyed, New Land Created as Lava Buries Hawaii's Vacationland

Homes Destroyed, New Land Created as Lava Buries Hawaii's VacationlandA neighborhood called Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island had disappeared as lava poured into two oceanfront subdivisions, smothering hundreds of homes and filling an ocean bay, turning it into new land that now juts into the sea.



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Homes Destroyed, New Land Created as Lava Buries Hawaii's Vacationland

Homes Destroyed, New Land Created as Lava Buries Hawaii's VacationlandA neighborhood called Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island had disappeared as lava poured into two oceanfront subdivisions, smothering hundreds of homes and filling an ocean bay, turning it into new land that now juts into the sea.



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Volcanic lava buries two housing tracts on Hawaii's Big Island

Volcanic lava buries two housing tracts on Hawaii's Big IslandBy Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – An ever-creeping wall of lava from Kilauea Volcano has engulfed two entire seaside housing tracts at the eastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island, government scientists reported on Wednesday, an area where civil defense officials said nearly 280 homes once stood. The obliteration of the Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland subdivisions by a river of molten rock some 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.6 meters) tall brings to at least 400 the number of homes and other structures consumed by lava during the past month. “Vacationland is gone, there’s no evidence of any properties there at all,” Wendy Stovall, a vulcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), told reporters on a conference call.



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Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shooting

Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shootingHundreds mourned a Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week during her burial in Karachi Wednesday. Sabika Sheikh was among the 10 people gunned down at a high school in Santa Fe last Friday when a heavily armed student opened fire on classmates. Relatives sobbed and hugged as Sheikh’s remains arrived at her family home in a casket draped with a Pakistani flag.



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Hamas buries Hamas engineer slain in Malaysia

Hamas buries Hamas engineer slain in MalaysiaGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians joined a mass funeral on Thursday for a Hamas scientist who was gunned down in Malaysia last week, as Hamas' leader accused Israel of killing him and vowed revenge.



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