three killed in Mongolia after automobile falls into frozen lake

ULAN BATOR, March 11 (Xinhua) — Three men were killed after their vehicle fell through ice on Khuvsgul Lake in northwestern Mongolia over the weekend, local media reported Monday, citing the country’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

“Local rescuers have retrieved the three bodies from the lake. Now, the rescuers are working to pull out the victims’ vehicle,” the NEMA said, warning people from driving on any frozen lake as ice is now more likely to be thin.

Khuvsgul Lake is located in the northwestern Khuvsgul province near the Russian border. The lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Asia, and holds nearly 70 percent of Mongolia’s fresh water and 0.4 percent of all the fresh water in the world.

It is 1645 meters above sea level, 136 km long and 262 meters deep.