Paris: A deadly avalanche in the French Alps has claimed lives of at least five soldiers undergoing drills in the mountains, local media report. The avalanche went off in early afternoon at Valfréjus, in Savoie. Five soldiers were swept to their deaths while two more were seriously injured, according to Reuters.
More people may be missing, as around 50 soldiers were reportedly involved in the off-piste exercises at the height of 2,200 meter above sea level, when the avalanche struck the area. Emergency forces with helicopters and dogs were immediately dispatched to the area. The rescue operation is still underway.