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Russian Mudslide Traps 50 People

Dozens of people were trapped when the mudslide blocked a tunnel in Sochi.

Rescuers have evacuated more than 50 people who were trapped in the mountains near an Olympic resort in Sochi when the area was hit by a second mudslide in one week.

Dozens of people returning home from a weekend trip to Rosa Khutor Mountain — the site of alpine courses during the Winter Games in February — were trapped when the mudslide blocked a tunnel, RIA Novosti reported late Sunday night, citing a local spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Rescuers have evacuated more than 50 people and cleared the road, spokeswoman Rimma Perminova told RIA Novosti, adding that nobody was injured.

Another mudslide had hit the same road the previous Sunday, the report said. Rescuers evacuated about 50 people, while another 40 refused to leave their cars, the report said, adding that it took rescuers two days to completely clear the road for traffic.

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