Four Dead in Norway After Avalanches


A series of avalanches in the north of Norway have claimed the lives of four people.  It is an area popular for ski touring and people are advised to exercise caution under current conditions. NEW

Two tourists were killed in two separate avalanches, one in the Lyngen area and the other in Nordreisa.

Both are believed to be foreigners, although their nationalities have not been released as next-of-kin are informed.

In the first avalanche in Lyngen, one person died and two others were hurt.

“There were five people of foreign origin that were on an outing in the area. We can confirm that one person is deceased,” said local police.

One of the injured is in a critical condition in hospital and the other has moderate injuries.

In the other fatal incident a person was killed in another avalanche at Storslett in the Nordreisa area.

No further details are available.

In a third avalanche two people died when a house and barn were swept into the sea on the island of Reinøya.

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre, has described the deaths as a “tragic start to Easter”.

On Friday a number of small towns in the Troms region were evacuated because of the high risk of avalanches.

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