Avalanche near Norilsk kills 3 people | Polarjournal
Several houses were completely destroyed. More than 200 rescue workers and volunteers participated in the search. (Photo: MCHS Krsk)

On January 09, 2021, shortly after midnight, an avalanche hit the Russian ski resort of Gore Otdelnaya, near Norilsk. Five residential buildings were buried in the process. This was reported by the press service of the Main Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Krasnoyarsk region. Members of the Siberian search and rescue team “Dudinsky-Arctic” were immediately sent to the site of the emergency. Three people were killed by the avalanche.

In temperatures of minus 23 degrees Celsius, rescue workers searched for buried people. (Photo: MCHS Krsk)

Six homes were buried shortly after midnight by an avalanche at the Gore Otdelnaya ski resort outside the Arctic city of Norilsk. Three houses in the popular ski resort were completely destroyed. In one of the houses lived the family of four of the director of the local ski lift. The 45-year-old director of the ski lift, was recovered without signs of life. The bodies of his wife and one-and-a-half-year-old child were found earlier. Another family member, the 14-year-old son, is in hospital in serious condition. The teenager suffered severe frostbite and multiple broken bones.

The ski resort Gore Otdelnaya is located about 25 kilometers from the center of Norilsk. The ski resort includes 13 slopes with various degrees of difficulty. (Graphic: Heiner Kubny / Google)

More than 200 rescue workers and volunteers rushed to the scene and participated in the search in a temperature of minus 23 degrees Celsius. The work was hampered by strong winds and snowstorms.

According to a member of the rescue service, there is still an increased risk of avalanches and the necessary safety precautions have been taken. “Due to the risk of a repeated avalanche, it is strictly forbidden to visit the mountain Otdelnaya near the border of the ski complex,” local authorities announced.

Authorities also launched investigations into safety violations and involuntary manslaughter.

In Norilsk, January 10 is declared a day of mourning.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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