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Queyras avalanche kills six skiers


An avalanche in the Queyras mountain range in the French Alps has claimed lives of six skiers.

The bodies of three victims were found at an altitude of 2,500 metres. Later, a team of 18 rescue workers, backed by a helicopter and sniffer dogs discovered the rest of the missing team of hikers, France24 has written.

Around 30 people die annually in avalanches in France, whose mountain ranges attract snow buffs from around the world.

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At least 11 people have already died since the start of the 2014/2015 winter season, The Association for Snow and Avalanche Studies said.

Photo: French rescuers in Ceillac carry the body of one of six skiers killed on January 24, 2015 by an avalanche in the Alps  (AFP)

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