‘Beast from the East’: Four dead in French avalanche as weather system causes chaos

Four dead in avalanche as 'Beast from the East' causes chaos across Europe

Four skiers have been killed and another injured in an avalanche in the French Alps, as the deadly Siberian weather system nicknamed “Beast from the East” continued to cause chaos across Europe.

Key points:
More than 20 people have died in Poland since the cold snap began
Emergency shelters have been opened in many countries to help the homeless and citizens left stranded
Hundreds of flights were cancelled in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland
The group was on a ski touring expedition in an off-trail area near Entraunes, close to the Italian border in the southern Alps.

The identities of the skiers were not immediately released. Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre of Nice said in remarks shown on French television that they were “seniors”, all with experience in backcountry skiing.

Meanwhile, the extraordinary weather system, which has now claimed more than 50 lives, continued to bring disruption to many countries across Europe.

via ‘Beast from the East’: Four dead in French avalanche as weather system causes chaos – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)