At least seven people dead after a heavy snowfall hits parts of the German and Austrian Alps, leaving High avalanche alerts.
Reporter confirms that a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman who went missing whilst snowshoeing were found dead near Salzburg in central Austria, the missing couple were snowshoeing near Hohenberg in Lower Austria, 40 rescuers with dogs searched for the young couple and APA (Austrian news agency) Reported the death.
German police reported a 44-year-old man died in Wackersberg in Bavaria when he was hit by tree branches brought down by heavy snow.
Swiss authorities also reported that a woman who was buried by an avalanche last week in the Uri canton of Switzerland died of her injuries over the weekend.
Roads were closed in Hochkar alpine road and the entire Hochkar skiing region in Lower Austria due to a high risk of avalanches, Residents and visitors were asked to leave the region by the end of the day.
Austrian authorities warned skiers not to go off the slopes and not drive their cars unless needed.
With an extra four feet of snow forecasted for the up and coming days in Austria, Mountain rescue authorities and helicopters have been alerted for further rescue missions.
In Bavaria, authorities also had to close roads and some train lines because of heavy snowfall and in some parts of southern Bavaria and the Steiermark region in Austria.
On Monday the Norwegian police released names of four skiers who sadly got hit by the avalanche in Tamok valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe, two aged 29, one aged 32 and another aged 36 were hit by a 300 meter wide (990-foot wide avalanche).
Heavy snowfall and poor visibility have affected rescue efforts over the past few days.
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