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Wednesday, February 24, 1999 Published at 16:18 GMT


World: Europe

Pictures from the disaster zone



The disaster in the small town of Galtuer in western Austria is the latest in a series of avalanches which have claimed scores of lives in France, Switzerland and Italy this winter. Below are of some of the images from the worst-hit areas.



[ image: The resort town of Galtuer after the avalanche]
The resort town of Galtuer after the avalanche


[ image: Huge quantities of snow slid down into Galtuer ski resort]
Huge quantities of snow slid down into Galtuer ski resort


[ image: Galtuer survivors airlifted by helicopter]
Galtuer survivors airlifted by helicopter


[ image: Supplies being sent to Galtuer before snow closes in again]
Supplies being sent to Galtuer before snow closes in again


[ image: The worst disaster for more than 40 years to hit the Austrian Alps]
The worst disaster for more than 40 years to hit the Austrian Alps


[ image: A Swiss policeman stands by a road block in Saas, Swiss Alps]
A Swiss policeman stands by a road block in Saas, Swiss Alps


[ image: Tourists board a helicopter to be airlifted out of the alpine village of Elm]
Tourists board a helicopter to be airlifted out of the alpine village of Elm


[ image: Members of the Swiss Army help rescuers in the Swiss resort of Evolene]
Members of the Swiss Army help rescuers in the Swiss resort of Evolene


[ image: An aerial view of an avalanche which fell on the outskirts of Evolene]
An aerial view of an avalanche which fell on the outskirts of Evolene


[ image: Rescue workers reach a wall of snow at the foot of an avalance]
Rescue workers reach a wall of snow at the foot of an avalance


[ image: A tourist carries his daughter from a helicopter after being airlifted to safety]
A tourist carries his daughter from a helicopter after being airlifted to safety





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