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6 skiers killed after avalanche in Italian Alps’ Monte Nevoso

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An avalanche has killed six skiers in the area of Monte Nevoso of the Italian Alps, making it one of the deadliest to hit the area in many years, rescuers said.

The peak, whose summit stands at 3,358 metres, is also known as Schneebiger Nock. Monte Nevoso lies in the Aurina valley in the South Tyrol region of northeastern Italy.

The casualties included five Italian nationals, one of whom was 16, and an Austrian woman.

The six were among a group of 15 people who were very close to the summit of Monte Nevoso, climbing at an altitude of more than 3,300 metres, when the avalanche hit in the late morning.

The others escaped unharmed, despite earlier reports several of them were injured.

Four helicopters were dispatched to the area but the altitude meant they were forced to fly with minimal fuel to reduce their airborne weight, hampering the operation.

Conditions were sunny and windy after heavy snowfall in recent weeks, a local police official said.

The skiers accounted for were climbing to the mountain’s summit and were planning to ski down. Exactly how the avalanche was caused is still unknown, a fire department spokeswoman said.

There was a “marked risk” of avalanche in the area at the time, Italian media reported.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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