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Blizzards Trap China Prospectors; 36 Die

From Associated Press

Blizzards in remote western China have trapped 8,000 gold prospectors for more than a month, and 36 have died, the official New China News Agency said Friday.

Helicopters dropped 8 1/2 tons of food Friday into the Hoh Xil Lake area of Qinghai province, more than 16,500 feet above sea level, the report said. Altitude sickness caused the deaths, it said.


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