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Three people killed in a avalanche near Zermatt in Swiss Alps

# Three people have been killed and another person injured in an avalanche at Riffelberg, near the Swiss Alpine ski resort of Zermatt. Intense snowfall coupled with powerful winds had prompted authorities to caution against a significant avalanche hazard in the southern Swiss Alps over the past weekend. It remains unclear how many people are still missing. According to the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Switzerland has already witnessed 14 fatalities in 12 avalanches and accidents during this season, with the majority of victims being cross-country skiers.