Thursday, 7 March 2013

Horrible News From Tuva

No one likes to be the bearer of bad news.

As reported by several sources, six teenagers were killed in an avalanche on Ak-Bashtyg Mountain near the village of Mugur-Aksy in the Mongun-Taiga region, southwest of Ak-Dovorak and near the Mongolian border.

Seven boys were on a trek to plant flags at the top of the mountain for good luck.  When the avalanche struck, one was able escape and alert authorities.  Nearly 300 people assisted in the search efforts but sadly they found no survivors.  Five bodies were recovered and the search continues for the sixth.

Thursday, March 7, was declared a day of mourning and flags were flown at half-mast in Tuva.   Entertaining TV programmes were cancelled for the day.