One killed, three people missing after avalanche hit Swiss ski resort

Other News Materials 17 March 2018 19:47 (UTC +04:00)

The body of one person has been found after an avalanche hit the Swiss canton of Valais, Sputnik reported, citing local media, adding that rescue workers were searching for three missing people.

On Friday, a 400-meter wide avalanche starting at an altitude of about 2,200 meters above the sea hit the Swiss ski resort in the Vallon d'Arbi region near to Riddes in canton Vaud.

According to the Swissinfo.ch news portal, the identity of the deceased person is not yet established.

Valais cantonal police reportedly said that those missing were two French nationals and one Swiss.

According to a police representative, there are little chances to find them alive.

​Switzerland has experienced exceptionally high levels of snow this winter, which has raised avalanche warnings to the maximum alert in several areas.