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At least four dead in the Armancet glacier in Haute-Savoie

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An avalanche hits the Armancet glacier in Haute-Savoie, France. Four people have been confirmed dead so far. Photo/Jean-Philippe Clement/Twitter

France’s interior minister said an avalanche in the French Alps killed four people on Sunday, describing the death toll as a provisional number.

Avalanches hit the Armancette glacier in Les Contamines-Montjoie, Haute-Savoie, about 30 km southwest of Chamonix on Sunday, local time.

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin did not provide any details in his tweet about the deaths.

According to reports, a local deputy sheriff confirmed that two of the dead were local mountain guides. Many of the injured were taken to hospital, and two people are still missing.


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France 3 reports that the four victims were hiking on a crowded ski slope and included two guides, aged 49 and 39, and a man and woman in their 20s.

The deaths made it one of the deadliest avalanches in recent years.

Local MP Xavier Roserin confirmed in a social media post that two of the dead were local guides from Val Montjoy.

More than 20 rescuers were on site with the help of two helicopters and dog trainers.


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Local radio station France-Bleu determined the size of the avalanche as 1 kilometer long and 500 meters wide.

Two brothers died in an avalanche on the same glacier in 2014. They were both experienced mountaineers and had been properly equipped.

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