4 useless in an avalanche within the French Alps

4 folks died and 9 had been injured in an avalanche southwest of Mont Blanc within the French Alps, Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned Sunday.

The avalanche occurred in the course of the day on the Armanset glacier, he wrote on Twitter.

These arrested had been cross-country snowboarding within the mountains, mentioned Emmanuel Cocoande, a spokesman for the native authorities in Haute-Savoie, including that they had been nonetheless confirming the identification of the victims.

He mentioned the avalanche was intensive, protecting an space of ​​1 kilometer by 500 meters (half a mile by 550 yards) at an altitude of three,500 metres, and that its causes had been being investigated.

The glacier is positioned close to the village and ski resort of Les Contamines-Montjoie.

President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter that rescue companies proceed to seek for extra victims and that his ideas are with the victims and their households.

(Reporting by Lilly Frode). Modifying by Hugh Lawson and Philippa Fletcher

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