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Crans Montana: Rescuers hunt for skiers in Swiss avalanche



  A screenshot from a video showing a large pile of dozen and skiers hit Copyright
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Videos on social media showed a number of skiers

Rescuers are searching for a number of people after an avalanche in a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps, police said.

Officials confirmed that the avalanche was reported at Crans Montana at 1

4:15 local time (13:15 GMT).

Pictures on social media suggest a marked slope was hit, but the police have not yet confirmed the exact location of rescue operations.

Reports in local media indicate that 12 people may have been buried.

A local journalist on stage shared a photo on Twitter that appears to show the avalanche.

Two rescue helicopters and cute dogs are allegedly on site.

The weather in the area has been heated in recent days and caused a lot of snow to melt, reports Reuters news agency.

However, wage risk in the region was set at only two out of five on Tuesday.

Ski resorts in Switzerland are expected to be busier than usual this week due to mid-term schools.


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