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Five people killed, one injured in Austrian

Five persons were killed in an avalanche in the Austrian province of Tyrol on Friday, according to state police.

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On Friday afternoon, Tyrol’s emergency management center verified that an avalanche had happened near the Austrian-Swiss border in the municipality of Spiss.

A sixth individual is said to have sustained minor injuries.

The fifth victim, who had been reported missing at the time, was eventually confirmed dead.

The victims’ identities and countries have yet to be revealed.

Officials said at least 31 avalanches had been reported as of Friday afternoon.

Four of these avalanches resulted in confirmed injuries, including one in Solden and another in Zillertal.

According to The Guardian, the avalanche in Soelden buried five individuals, all of whom were rescued.

Official Patrick Ortler claimed the victims were “off-piste” when the avalanche struck.

The victims’ identities and nationalities have not been revealed by authorities.

Emergency teams from Austria and Switzerland have been dispatched to the area, where significant snowfall is expected.

Following days of severe snowfall, more than 50 avalanches were documented in the Tyrol region within 48 hours.

According to Euronews, thirteen were recorded on Friday alone.

It comes after three skiers were killed in an avalanche in central Austria in December, including up-and-coming motorcross sensation Rene Hofer.

During a tour in Twenge, Salzburg, the 19-year-old was one of eight skiers slammed by a 655-foot wave of snow.

This piece was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission here.

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