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Avalanche kills five people in Austria

by OtownGist

A large avalanche swept five people to their deaths on a mountain in Upper Austria on Sunday, police said.

The bodies of the five, who were among a sports group from the Czech Republic, were brought down from Dachstein mountain, where the avalanche began at 2,800 metres (9,200 feet), to Hallstatt village for identification, a police spokesman said.

The five victims were walking in snow shoes on the mountain, reports said.

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Mountain rescue services were still at the scene midday Sunday, backed up by six helicopters sent from other regions in Austria.

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In January, about 60 residents in the town of Ramsau-am-Dachstein escaped another large avalanche which caused significant damage but no casualties.

AFP

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