December 31, 2017

Snow strands thousands, kills skier in French Alps

Snow strands thousands, kills skier in French Alps

An Afghan man walks along a path under snow-laden trees in Kabul on February 5, 2017. Avalanches and freezing weather have killed more than 20 people in different areas of Afghanistan, officials said on February 4, as rescuers worked to save scores still trapped under the snow. / AFP PHOTO

Heavy snow stranded 4,000 travellers heading for resorts in the French Alps and killed one skier in an avalanche, authorities said on Sunday.

Migrants stand in line for food distributed by volunteers outside of derelict warehouses which they use as a makeshift shelter in Belgrade on January 11, 2017, as temperatures dropped to -15 degrees Celsius overnight.
According to the latest figures, around 7000 migrants are stranded in Serbia. / AFP PHOTO

The Savoie department prefecture said 3,500 motorists spent the night in emergency shelters after the snow made the roads impassable.

A further 500 holiday-makers who landed at the airport in the city of Chambery also had to sleep in shelters.

The avalanche alert level in Savoie was at four on a scale of five, the national weather service said.

The mountain rescue service said a 22-year-old man died when an avalanche swept him away as he skied off-piste on Saturday in Val d’Isere, a resort popular with foreign visitors.