At least four killed by avalanche in southeastern France

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An avalanche in Savoie, southeastern French region killed at least four skiers on Monday, a local newspaper reported.

An avalanche near Tignes, a ski resort in the French Alps occurred at an altitude of 2,100 meters at 11:00 local time (1000 GMT) sweeping a mountain guide and eight skiers, the daily La Dauphine Libere reported.

At least four were killed after the 400-wide avalanche rushed down an off-piste in the ski resort at peak winter holidays.

“Five people are still buried under heavy snow. There is no hope of finding them alive,” rescue service is quoted as saying.

A day before, an avalanche killed two climbers near Italian border where risk of avalanche remain high.

Since the beginning of winter, 13 avalanche have been reported in the French Alps killing three people, according to local reports. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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