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3 Ecuador climbers die in avalanche on volcano******
Police officers takes part in a rescue operation on the Chimborazo volcano.
An avalanche on a snow-capped Ecuadoran volcano, the highest peak in the country, on Sunday killed at least three climbers and left three others missing, officials reported.
The avalanche struck a group of 16 mountaineers while at an altitude of 6,100 meters on the dormant Chimborazo volcano, according to responders.
"There are three missing mountaineers, three dead, three injured and seven rescued, out of a total of 16 people," Quito firefighters, who provided emergency support, said in a statement.
A previous report from the country's ECU911 security service had said four climbers had died and one was injured.
Authorities did not identify the climbers or their nationalities, but the Quito newspaper El Comercio reported that all were Ecuadoran.
The avalanche was spurred by "weather conditions" and was not caused by any volcanic activity, firefighters said.
Rescuers as well as police and military personnel specializing in high-elevation operations set up a command center at Chimborazo to coordinate search-and-rescue operations.
The volcano, which rises 6,200 meters high, is covered in snow and glaciers year-round and is located about 130 kilometers south of Quito.
Chimborazo attracts both Ecuadoran and foreign climbers. The towns of Riobamba and Ambato lie at its base.
Ecuador's Environment Ministry temporarily closed the surrounding Chimborazo nature reserve, which is popular with tourists.
China's central bank conducts 100 bln yuan of reverse repos******
BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- China's central bank Thursday injected 100 billion yuan (about 15.65 billion U.S. dollars) into the financial system via reverse repos.
The interest rate for the seven-day reverse repos was set at 2.2 percent, according to the People's Bank of China.
The move aims to offset the impacts of tax period and government bond issuance, and to keep liquidity in the banking system at a reasonably sufficient level, the central bank said.
A reverse repo is a process in which the central bank purchases securities from commercial banks through bidding, with an agreement to sell them back in the future. Enditem