Extreme Avalanche Risk Leaves Thousands of Tourists Stranded in Ski Resort Town
13 January, 2018, 06:35 | Author: Regina Silva
Authorities evacuated 20 people from Visp around 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Zermatt after a snowy mudslide rammed into part of the town, Swiss broadcaster SRG reported.
Trains have begun running to the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt where up to 13,000 tourists have been trapped by heavy snowfall since Monday.
Frank Techel, an SLF avalanche forecaster, said roughly three to four meters (about 10-13 feet) of snow had been dumped on the Zermatt area so far this year, which he called an "extraordinary" amount for the region in such a short span.
Bulldozers have been deployed to help clear the streets of snow.
Extreme weather has caused havoc in several Swiss areas, including in the canton of Bern, where a World Cup downhill training run had to be cancelled due to snow and high winds.
"The railway can not operate at 11.15 am as planned due to the hard removal of snow between Tasch and Zermatt", the statement said.
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