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World Avalanche in French Alps kills 1 and injures 3 others

16:31  02 april  2018
16:31  02 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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► Avalanche in French Alps kills 1 and injures 3 others ► PARIS – French mountain rescuers say an avalanche in the Alps has killed one person and injured

PARIS (Reuters) - An avalanche swept away a group of cross-country skiers in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing three people, emergency services said. The avalanche happened in the Bonneval-sur-Arc ski area at an altitude of 3 ,000 meters (yards), Cyril Anceau, head of a police mountain rescue

A municipal employee moves barriers as he temporarily opens a road for cars to drive in a convoy from Bessans to Bonneval-sur-Arc in the French Alps on January 12, 2018, after the road that had been cut off following an avalanche. © JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images A municipal employee moves barriers as he temporarily opens a road for cars to drive in a convoy from Bessans to Bonneval-sur-Arc in the French Alps on January 12, 2018, after the road that had been cut off following an avalanche. PARIS — French mountain rescuers say an avalanche in the Alps has killed one person and injured three. Searches are underway for others who may be trapped in the snow.

An officer with the Chamonix mountain guides service said the avalanche hit Monday in the Aiguilles Rouges range near Chamonix. The area is across from the Mont Blanc massif.

The officer said a group of backcountry skiers was caught in the avalanche. Authorities are currently checking in with all groups skiing in the area to ensure that everyone is accounted for.

More than a dozen people have died in avalanches in the French Alps this year.

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