MOSCOW, January 3 (Itar-Tass) — Two persons died in a Murmansk region snowslide, an official at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass on Thursday. The snowslide occurred at the Kukisvumchorr Pass, in the town of Kirovsk, Murmansk region at about 14:00, Moscow time. “Two persons caught in the avalanche died of injuries," the official said.
According to the press service of the Ministry for Emergency Situations’ department in the Murmansk region, information about the snowsilde came at 13:44 pm, Moscow time. Eyewitnesses said there had been people there at the moment. Rescuers were rushed to the site.
“During a search-and-rescue operation they retrieved the buried in snow bodies of a man and a woman, tourists from St. Petersburg,” the press service reported. “It is known that there are no more people under the snow. The search-and-rescue operation is over,” it stressed.
The regional emergencies ministry’s department warns local residents as well as tourists that an avalanche danger persists in the Kirovsk-Apatity area.