[UPDATE] Death toll in Turkey’s avalanche disaster rises to 41, search efforts continue

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Search efforts have resumed in eastern Turkey, following two avalanches that killed dozens and left at least two people missing, The Associated Press reported, citing Turkish media reports.

The private Demirören news agency said one body was recovered Thursday, bringing the death toll from the two avalanches to 41.

Rescue workers, aided by dogs, were conducting scans in the eastern Van province Thursday to find the missing, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Five people were killed and two people went missing in an avalanche that struck late Tuesday. Some 300 emergency service workers were called to a highway near the mountain-surrounded town of Bahçesaray in Van province, which borders Iran. Around noon Wednesday, the team was struck by a second avalanche.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said early Thursday that 47 people remained hospitalized with six in intensive care, but they weren’t in critical condition.

A ceremony was held for 11 military police officers, nine government-paid village guards and two firefighters in Van. Their coffins were sent to their hometowns for burial.

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