2020 Van avalanches

2020 Van avalanches
Bahçesaray is located in Turkey
Bahçesaray
Bahçesaray
Bahçesaray is located in Middle East
Bahçesaray
Bahçesaray
Date4–5 February 2020 (2020-02-05)
LocationBahçesaray, Van, Turkey
Coordinates38°7′43″N 42°48′27″E / 38°7′43″N 42°48′27″E / 38.12861; 42.80750
CauseHeavy snowfall
Deaths4 Feb: 5
5 Feb: 36
Total: 41
Non-fatal injuries84

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.

Avalanches

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.[1][2] In response, a major rescue operation involving around 350 [3]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.[4][5] While the team was on-site, a second avalanche struck around noon on 5 February, overturning vehicles and leaving at least 33 people dead.[6]