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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 January, 2005, 18:53 GMT
Russians survive avalanche ordeal
Kamchatka is a remote territory on Russia's Pacific coast
Two reindeer herders have been rescued after being buried under snow for six days, following an avalanche at their camp in Kamchatka, far eastern Russia.

It killed nine other people, including four children and three women.

The survivors, said to be suffering from severe frostbite, were rushed to a hospital in Kamchatka. They had gone missing on 11 January.

The indigenous reindeer herders had pitched their tents directly under a snow overhang at the foot of a volcano.

The Itar-Tass news agency said the authorities had only heard about their disappearance five days after the avalanche.

The rescuers, who arrived at the scene on a snowmobile, found the camp buried under several metres of snow.

Reindeer-herding is the traditional occupation of Kamchatka's indigenous groups - the Koryaks, the Kamchadals and others.

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