Avalanches in the Italian Alps kill at least 5 skiers

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At ski resorts elsewhere in the Italian Alps at least three other skiers perished in avalanches caused by heavy snow fall at the weekend The...

In total, eight people were killed by avalanches in Italy over the weekend.

Two people each from the United Kingdom and France were reported missing on Sunday afternoon, when the risk of avalanches in the area was high.

In all, eight people, including a Belgian snowboarder, died in Italy as a result of weekend avalanches.

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The Valdostano Alpine Rescue aircraft on Monday, searching for two British and two French skiers who were reported missing a day earlier, spotted three bodies. The man was killed and the woman recovering in hospital. Friends had raised the alarm when the group failed to turn up at an agreed meeting point. They were on the last day of their holiday, the newspaper said. They had reportedly crossed by chance in the area where the avalanche hit.

Search operations were hampered by the continuing risk of avalanches, preventing search teams from going on foot, and search efforts had to temporarily suspended on Sunday.

Six died in the region of Val d'Aosta, on the French border, while another skier died in Lombardy and another in the South Tyrol region of north-eastern Italy.

Two British skiers are feared to have been killed in an avalanche in the Italian Alps.

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