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Up to 100 feared dead after ice, mud buries entire village
A collapsing glacier triggers an avalanche of ice and mud in southern Russia, burying an entire village
GIZEL, Russia, Sept 21 ‚ÄĒ A collapsing glacier triggered an avalanche of ice and mud in southern Russia, burying an entire village and killing as many as 100 people, officials said Saturday. Emergency workers said the avalanche began Friday when part of a glacier in the Caucasus Mountains broke off above the village of Nizhny Karmadon in the southern republic of North Ossetia.
MIKHAIL SHATALOV, the prime minister of the Russian republic of North Ossetia, told the ITAR-Tass news agency that up to 100 people were feared dead.
An emergency official at the scene said on condition of anonymity that the village of about 50 people was almost entirely covered in ice and that there was little chance of finding anyone alive there.
Among the missing in the area was a group of 29 people, including well-known actor Sergei Bodrov Jr., who had been filming a movie, officials said.