In February 2020, two avalanches occurred near Bahçesaray in Turkey's eastern Van Province. The first, on 4 February, buried two vehicles, leading to a rescue operation by the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency and Gendarmerie Search and Rescue Battalion Command involving around 350 people. The second, on 5 February, occurred while this operation was ongoing. At least 41 people were killed in the two avalanches, with 84 others being injured, six seriously.
On the evening of 4 February 2020, an avalanche took place in a mountain pass in the Bahçesaray district, leaving a snow-clearing vehicle and a minibus buried. Five people were killed and two others were reported missing, while seven passengers and the vehicle's operator managed to escape. In response, a major rescue operation involving around 350 personnel was launched by Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE) and In addition, 75 Gendarmerie Search and Rescue Battalion Command staff. While the team was on-site, a second avalanche struck around noon on 5 February, overturning vehicles and leaving at least 33 people dead.