Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Snow strands thousands of tourists in Switzerland

Thousands of tourists are stranded in Swiss ski resorts after heavy snow in the Alps cut off towns and villages.

Skiing is not possible as slopes are closed because of the danger of avalanches.

More than a metre (39in) of snow fell in parts on Monday alone. On Tuesday, a metre more is forecast.

The avalanche risk is set at the rarely used maximum on a five-point scale. This is the highest it has been for almost ten years.

Many schools have been closed and some houses evacuated.

Trains remain blocked by snow on the railway tracks at the Zermatt train station on January 09, 2018.

In the resort of Zermatt, home to the famous Matterhorn mountain, more than 13,000 tourists cannot leave.

BBC       News.