8 killed in avalanches in Austria

The 32-year-old Chinese skier was buried in an avalanche in Oetztal, Tyrol state, Xinhua reported, citing a report by the Austrian News Agency (APA).

Other deadly avalanches occurred over the weekend in other regions of Tyrol and the neighboring state of Vorarlberg, both popular alpine destinations for winter sports enthusiasts.

High winds and snowfall have increased avalanche risks in the region over the past few days, APA reported on Sunday, with local authorities raising the avalanche danger level to four in the five-tier alert system and urging winter sports enthusiasts to be careful.

In Tyrol, 30 avalanches, 11 of them missing, were reported on Saturday alone, and search and rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather, according to APA.

According to the weather forecast, the avalanche risk in Tyrol and Vorarlberg will decrease over the weekend, APA said.

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