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Avalanche kills at least four in French Alps

AFP logoAFP 13/02/2017
The accident near Tignes occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres © Provided by AFP The accident near Tignes occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres

At least four people died Monday when an avalanche swept away nine people who were in an off-piste area near the ski resort of Tignes in the French Alps, rescue services said.

Two have so far been pulled out alive, they said, adding that the avalanche was 400 metres (yards) wide. Three remain unaccounted for.

The accident near Tignes, a major resort near the Italian border, occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres (6,900 feet).

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