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Three killed by major avalanche in Davos

Three people are now known to have died following a major avalanche near the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Two more have been injured, one of them seriously, according to local police.

This content was published on February 21, 2000 - 19:54

Three people are now known to have died following a major avalanche near the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Two more have been injured, one of them seriously, according to local police.

The avalanche occurred around midday on Monday in the Meierhof Taelli ski area. Initial reports suggest it was triggered by skiers venturing off-piste.

Over a hundred rescuers began searching the area with specially trained sniffer dogs shortly afterwards. One survivor was quickly found, and was rushed to a local hospital by helicopter.

Local officials say two of the dead were Swiss skiers, who had been on a prepared piste when the accident occurred. The other victim was a German skier who was reportedly found in an off-piste area.

Latest reports suggest that all the victims have now been accounted for.

At least three more people have died in two severe avalanches which occurred in Italy's northern Venosta Valley. They were part of a group of eight skiers, most of them German, who were trapped while skiing in an unmarked area.

Weather forecasters had earlier warned of high avalanche risks in the Alps, following recent heavy snowfalls. Swiss experts say the danger is likely to remain high for the next few days.

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