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Five killed as avalanches bury two French villages.

AT least five people died and several were injured after two avalanches buried 11 chalets in the French Alps.

A four-year-old girl and three other people were rushed to hospital after being hauled out of the snow but died of multiple injuries.

And last night as 200 rescuers continued to search for survivors in the villages of Le Tour and Montroc- le-Planet, skiers were warned to beware of treacherous conditions.

The avalanches struck in the same area where Jamie Andrew, 29, of Edinburgh, survived for five days while his friend Jamie Fisher, 28, died after they were trapped on a mountain near the town of Chamonix.

Last night, 16 people including two Britons had been rescued but others were still missing. All of the missing are believed to be French.

The Ski Club of Great Britain warned: "Conditions are very unstable. Skiers must be well equipped and stick to the piste."

Snowfalls have also wreaked havoc in Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 10, 1999
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