7 Killed in French Alps Avalanche

Area’s deadliest this year

An avalanche in the French Alps killed seven climbers and severely injured one. (Jerome Bon / Flickr)
Photo: Jerome Bon / Flickr glacier blanc

On Tuesday afternoon local time, an avalanche on the Dome de Neige des Ecrins in the French Alps struck three groups of roped climbers, killing seven and injuring one, according to the BBC. The 13,173-foot mountain is a popular climbing destination because of its relatively easy summit routes. 

French news outlet Le Figaro reported that Czech and German climbers are among the deceased, though local authorities have not released the nationalities of the victims. Search and rescue teams are searching the mountain. 

Avalanches periodically bury skiers and climbers in the Hautes-Alpes, where the Dome de Neige is located, though they usually occur during the winter. “The conditions are winter-like at the moment,” police officer Christian Flagella told the Agence France-Press, according to the Guardian.

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