Further heavy avalanches today (Wednesday) in the Val D'Isere area of the French Alps have forced rescue workers to stop searching around the scene of yesterday's giant avalanche in which 42 people died.
GV Scene of destruction (2 shots)
MV Int. chalet-men clearing wreckage (3 shots)
GV Ext. men clearing rubble (2 shots)
MV PAN buried cars and truck
SCU Damaged van and car in snow (2 shots)
MV Rescuers with shovels & stretchers
GV Chalet with ambulance outside
GV PAN devastated area
GV Men digging
CU Snowdrift PAN TO hotel
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Background: Further heavy avalanches today (Wednesday) in the Val D'Isere area of the French Alps have forced rescue workers to stop searching around the scene of yesterday's giant avalanche in which 42 people died.
Most of the victims were breakfasting in a mountain youth hostel when the avalanche struck and partially buried the building. Officials fear the death toll could rise still higher when weather permits the search for bodies to continue.
Heavy snow has been falling on Val D'Isere and surrounding alpine regions since yesterday's disaster, and one of today's fresh avalanches swept four cars off the road on the town's outskirts.
Other avalanches today have caused many people to evacuate their chalets in various alpine villages. In Switzerland, two ski-lifts near Saas-Fee have been completely destroyed, and a heavy fall near Orsieres has closed a main road leading to the Great Saint Bernard Pass, which links Switzerland with Italy.
As blizzards and falls worsen, about 10,000 are stranded in Val D'Isere, and another 10,000 are trapped to the north in the ski resort of Tignes, where a snowfall earlier this month killed four and cut off the town's electricity supply.
Most of the eight avalanches that have fallen around the Val D'Isere disaster area hit the road linking the resort with the neighbouring town of Bourg-St.-Maurice, where rescue operations are being co-ordinated.