More than 100 rescue workers had been sent to Van province in eastern Turkey to try and reach two people believed to be still buried after an avalanche on Tuesday evening hit the area, killing five, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said in a statement.

Search and rescue works continue at in the Bahcesaray district of Turkey's eastern Van province on Wednesday.

The second avalanche came down at around midday on Wednesday, burying rescue teams. Fourteen rescuers are among the 31 killed, the agency said.