Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Avalanche’ Category

1/16/1995: Avalanches sweep two buses off the highway between Srinagar and Jammu in Kashmir, India


“……wo more days of avalanches in the area eventually killed more than 200 people; 5,000 others had to be rescued…..”

1/10/1962: An avalanche on the slopes of Mt. Huascaran destroys villages and towns killing more than 4,000 people in Peru


Heavy rains and mudslides have caused 1 death so far and triggered roadway closures and evacuations from burn scars


10/21/1966: An avalanche of mud and rocks buries a school in Aberfan, Wales, killing 148 people, mostly young students.


1/10/1962: An avalanche on the slopes of the extinct volcano, Mount Huascaran, kills more than 4,000 people in Peru.

History Channel



“….At least 13 people — and possibly more, the authorities warned — were killed on Tuesday and more than two dozen were injured as a vast area northwest of Los Angeles, recently scorched in the state’s largest wildfire on record, became the scene of another disaster, as a driving rainstorm, the heaviest in nearly a year, triggered floods and mudslides….”

NY Times

Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 254 people and injuring hundreds



Ethiopia: A mountain of trash gave way Saturday night and killed at least 46 people at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa.



Heavy snow and avalanches have killed more than 106 people and injured dozens in Afghanistan.


‘….”Avalanches have buried two entire villages,” a spokesman for the ministry told news agency AFP of the Barg Matal area in Nuristan…..’


Avalanche survivor: “….Giorgia, a student, was sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel with her fiance, Vincenzo Forti, 25, when the avalanche hit. “Everything crumbled and I could not understand a thing,” she told Italy’s Corriere della Sera. When she came round, she realised that the lobby had turned into a dome with four caverns. She thought the hotel had been displaced and planted deeper into the earth. “It was pitch dark. Not a sound came from outside. Our voices echoed.” She heard a woman who called for her fiance, and another man from Rome who had injured his arm and was in pain. A mother who had her boy with her and hugged him close whilst calling out to locate her daughter. “All the children behaved really well, I never heard them crying, ” Giorgia says. She did, however, many times. And she was full of praise towards her fiance, “who never had any doubt”. “He supported us all. Sometimes he would hum a song to soothe us.” Giorgia told how they had had nothing to eat. “Nothing. The only thing we ate was ice. We had a lot and this kept us going.” “I lost count of time, and still haven’t got it back. But I think it lasted two days, maybe a bit more,” Georgia said. In all, she was trapped for 58 hours. At 11:00 (10:00 GMT) on Friday, a mechanical sound was heard, then human voices. To which she replied: “I am Giorgia, and I am alive.” “It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever said.”…..”




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