Multiple deaths by avalanches in French Alps

Avalanches in the French Alps cost the lives of at least seven people on Saturday. Four victims were among hikers on their way to the Col du Galibier mountain pass, near the town of Valloire.

The victims are between 42 and 72 years old and lived in Grenoble. Shortly thereafter, near the glacier Grand Col near Villaroger, three hikers were buried under a snow mass.

Most other hikers were found unharmed during the drama at the Col du Galibier. Research is still being carried out to ensure that no other victims are buried, as the local authorities said. In the search, avalanche dogs and helicopters were deployed.

The authorities warned Friday of increased avalanche hazard due to higher temperatures and previous heavy snowfall in the Savoyard region. Last Monday, five people had already died in avalanches in the Isรจre and Hautes-Alpes regions.