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Tignes, France, Avalanche: 'Several Skiers' Buried, Local Authorities Say

No fatalities, authorities confirm.

07/03/2017 3:59 PM IST | Updated 07/03/2017 4:53 PM IST
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A road sign is seen on the side of a mountain road after a snow fall in Tignes on January 15 this year

An avalanche struck the French ski resort of Tignes on Tuesday, just weeks after a deadly slip in the same town.

Initial reports said several skiers were buried under a mass of snow and ice. Authorities later confirmed nobody had been injured.

Pictures from the scene show chaotic scenes on a hillside.

The risk of an avalanche at Tignes had been rated four out of five.

Last month, four people were killed in an avalanche at the same resort.

The town is a popular choice for British holidaymakers, particularly in ski season.

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Tignes is a popular ski resort in south-eastern France, near Grenoble

As the situation developed, a police spokesperson said several people were buried when the avalanche came down on a busy ski slope, Le Dauphine reported.

The incident occurred just after 10 am GMT.

Poor weather in the resort prevented the use of rescue helicopters.

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