13 rescued from mountain blizzard in SW China

08:36, January 21, 2011      

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Over 100 rescuers in southwest China's Yunnan Province ended the ordeal of 11 migrant workers on Thursday who had been trapped 60 hours in a mountain blizzard as they returned home from neighboring Myanmar.

Two lumbermen from Myanmar, also trapped in the snowstorm, were saved by the rescuers, too, said an official with the Lushui County authorities.

The migrant workers, who were returning from Myanmar to join their families for the Spring Festival, were hit by a snowstorm on Tuesday when they traveled through a pass in Gaoligong Mountain.

When their vehicle became trapped in the snow, the migrant workers decided to walk along the heavy snow and freezing cold.

However, after their food ran out, seven of the migrant workers were unable to continue.

More than 100 militiamen were sent by the Lushui government for the rescue attempt after authorities received calls from the migrant workers.

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