13000 stuck at Swiss resort following heavy snowfall

13000 stuck at Swiss resort following heavy snowfall

13000 stuck at Swiss resort following heavy snowfall

More than a meter (39 inches) of snow fell in parts on Monday alone with another meter falling yesterday.

Thirteen thousand tourists are now stranded in a Swiss ski resort following heavy snowfall, increasing the risk of avalanches.

Helicopter teams used controlled explosions to trigger avalanches and clear risky areas of snow so the train line to the town could be safely reopened.

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Villages across Switzerland, France and Italy have all been affected.

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.

Zermatt is home to some 5,500 inhabitants and has the capacity to accommodate 13,400 tourists spread across hotels and rental apartments. The rest were "enjoying the snow, going shopping, eating, and drinking", says the spokesperson.

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"The persons in charge are working with high pressure", a statement said on Zermatt's official website as tourists and locals bedded in for another night in the resort. Elsewhere in the canton of Valais the villages of Gondo and Saas were also cut off after landslides on the roads, while the road between St Luc and Zinal in the Val d'Anniviers was closed on Tuesday morning due to the high avalanche risk. DOMINIC STEINMANN, KEYSTONE, via EPA-EFE Work continues in the aftermath of an avalanche crossing the road between Taesch and Zermatt, Switzerland, on January 10, 2018. Meanwhile, all roads and railways to the village near the Matterhorn mountain remain closed.

Tourists wait in line at the heliport of Air Zermatt for a flight by airlift into the valley to Raron, in Zermatt.

Luckily, there is no risk of heavy snowfall at the Matterhorn in Disneyland for the foreseeable future.

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Italian Alpine resorts were the first to be hit by heavy snowfalls.

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