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Four British climbers have been rescued from an avalanche-hit Himalayan mountain range, Indian authorities said on Sunday, as a frantic search continued for eight other mountaineers still missing on its treacherous heights.
Two Spanish skiers were killed on Saturday when an avalanche hit a group skiing off-piste on a mountain in southwestern France, rescue services said.
Rescuers say four people have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps and five survivors are being pulled out of the snow.
At least 24 people killed, including 20 soldiers, in a series of avalanches in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The death toll from an avalanche that swamped an Italian mountain hotel has risen, with 14 still missing, as a nearby helicopter crash dealt another blow to the community.
Dramatic video taken by a snowboarder shows the terrifying aftermath of an avalanche in Northern California, with people furiously digging out a man buried under snow.
An avalanche hit a ski slope in the popular French Alps resort of Tignes, engulfing "many" skiers, police said.
Rescuers are battling to reach survivors of avalanches in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous north, as the official nationwide death toll soars.
Avalanches killed five people in Indian-administered Kashmir - four members of a family whose home was buried under snow and a soldier stationed at a military base.
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