PARIS (AP) — An avalanche in the French Alps killed two people Tuesday near the Deux-Alpes ski resort, French officials said.
The avalanche struck late in the morning on an off-piste sector near the small town of Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, authorities said. The area was under a moderate avalanche risk Tuesday.
The rescue operation involved 30 people, 2 helicopters and canine search units. One skier was found dead, and the other died after being transported by helicopter to the hospital, the police said.
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Details about the victims’ identities were not immediately available.
Elsewhere in France, the national weather service placed about half the country on alert for snow, ice and strong winds as a storm descended Tuesday evening. Some highways were closed, notably in the Paris area and the northwestern region of Normandy.
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