UAn avalanche in the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt today swept away several people, the Canton of Valais police reported on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

“Shortly after 2 p.m. (…) an avalanche broke out in the off-piste sector of Riffelberg (Zermatt). Several people were swept away. Searches are underway,” the police announced, without adding, until 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. local time) , more data.

Heavy snowfall and very strong winds led authorities to warn of the risk of avalanches in the Alpine regions of southern Switzerland.

The danger was considered high in some areas of the cantons of Graubünden and Valais.

The Snow and Avalanche Research Institute (SLF) today indicated that “very large and, in some cases, extremely large spontaneous avalanches” are expected.

This winter, 14 people died in avalanches in Switzerland, slightly lower than the average of 17 deaths for the period ending in March.

Most of the victims were cross-country skiers.

The 14 deaths were recorded in 12 separate accidents, according to the provisional winter death toll published on March 27 by the SLF.

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