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Victims of avalanche believed dead

TWO Russian tourists missing in an avalanche in southwest China had "virtually zero" chance of survival after being buried for five days, but rescue efforts would continue, local authorities said yesterday.

The likelihood of the man and woman surviving the bitter cold were remote, said Lin Li, secretary-general of the Mountaineering Association of Sichuan Province.

"Rescuers have failed to reach the site, 5,100 meters above sea level on Luotuo Peak of Siguniang Mountain in Sichuan, because all paths are covered after a two-day storm," Lin said. "We still cannot spot the specific location."

Rescuers faced tremendous difficulty in recovering the bodies, said Huang Jizhou, an official with the management bureau of Siguniang Mountain in Aba Tibet and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture.

The bureau received a phone call about 1:30pm on Saturday from another two Russian tourists who survived the avalanche, saying their companions were buried on Wednesday.


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