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INTRO: Snow avalanche kills 16 in Tajikistan, more trapped. An avalanche kills at least 16 people and traps more in the mountains of Tajikistan.
STORY: An avalanche killed at least 16 people in the mountains of Tajikistan on Saturday (December 22) while more people remained trapped under snow, an Interior Ministry official said.
The avalanche, 70 km (45 miles) north of the Central Asian state's capital, Dushanbe, occurred after several days of heavy snowfall and hit a road that connects Dushanbe with another city, Khudjand.
Mountains occupy 93 percent of Tajikistan's territory. Colonel Khaidar Makhmadiyev from the Interior Ministry said that a report from the site said 16 bodies had been dug out.
But the Emergency Ministry said three people were killed and many more were still trapped under snow. Emergency Ministry official Makhmadullo Khalimov said there were still people under the snow, but could not say how many. He said the rescue operation was continuing. Makhmadiyev said all victims were either drivers or passengers of cars.
The vital link used to close for winter, but this year it stayed open thanks to the newly built 31 million dollar Anzob tunnel that goes under a snow-covered pass.