Swiss avalanche kills one person and injures another

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Swiss avalanche kills one person and injures another
A man uses a machine to clear a path through the snow in the ski resort of Wengen in the Swiss Alps on January 18, 2019. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

An avalanche in Reckingen in the southeastern Wallis region of Switzerland killed a 68-year-old on Saturday, while a second person was injured, police said.


The two were part of a group of four Italian hikers and were quickly found and freed from the snow by the other two. One died at the scene and the other was airlifted to hospital.

According to a provisional report by the MeteoSwiss weather service on Friday, people have been caught up in 45 avalanches so far this winter.

It urged people to be "careful, careful, careful".

On Thursday, one person died and several others were injured in avalanches in Switzerland's Graubunden region, which borders Austria's Tyrol where avalanches have killed nine people over the last three days.



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