A total of 33 people including martyred security force personnel lost their lives in the second avalanche in the area between the Bahçesaray and Çatak districts of the eastern Van province while 53 others were injured. Provincial AFAD Director of Van and Team leader who was trapped under the avalanche was hospitalized. 67 search and rescue experts and 11 vehicles from the Provincial AFAD Directorates in the region arrived in Van. Moreover, a 75 member Gendarme Search and Rescue (JAK) team as well as a 10 member AFAD search and rescue team and two vehicles were sent to the region by a military plane from Ankara.
A mobile base station was installed in the area in an effort to prevent problems in communication services. Three more mobile base stations were sent to the area. The AFAD Mobile Coordination Center was sent to the region from Elazığ. The Turkish Red Crescent sent food for 350 persons. Meanwhile, search and rescue teams from İzmir, Bursa and Samsun Provincial AFAD Directorates were put on alert in case they have to be deployed.
A total of 156 search and rescue personnel including 4 fire fighters from Şırnak Fire Department and 18 vehicles were sent to the area to respond to the disaster. Moreover, 28 ambulances and 10 Ministry of Health UMKE teams were sent to the area. As Provincial AFAD Director was trapped under the avalanche while he was working in the area, Muş AFAD Provincial Director and his team were sent to Van for the coordination of the Van Provincial Disaster and Emergency Management Center.
An avalanche had fallen on the highway between Van Bahçesaray and Çatak districts on February 4, 2020 at 17.45. Search and rescue teams under the coordination of the Provincial AFAD Directorate, rescued 13 people from a minibus and an earth moving machine which were trapped under the avalanche and 8 of those people were alive. A second avalanche hit the rescue workers from the Gendarme, UMKE, 112 Emergency Service, Directorate of Highways, Metropolitan Mayor and fire department which were working in an effort to save 2 people under the coordination of AFAD. Some of the members of teams working in the area were trapped under avalanche.
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