At least one person is feared dead after three avalanches in Austria, it has been reported.
At least six people were buried under the snows-slides, which hit a forest region off-slope in Ammerwald, Reutte, close to the border with Germany, the Tiroler Tageszeitung said.
Five people have been found, while one person remains missing, the publication continued.
Around 60 firefighters and mountain police with search dogs have been on the scene (Picture: Rex Features)One person is seriously hurt, while four are reportedly injured.
The avalanches went off side by side at around 2.30pm, police said.
Four helicopters took emergency staff to the site and around 60 firefighters and mountain police with search dogs have been on the scene.
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Police spokesman Michael Eder said the five people found were out on backcountry skiing tours when they were hit by the avalanches.
Their identities or nationalities have not been confirmed.
‘We are continuing our search for others who may have been buried, but it’s getting dark now and will become more difficult to find anybody,’ he said.
He added that it was too early to know what had caused the snow-slides.
The incident comes exactly 20 years after the Galtür avalanche in 1999, in which 31 were killed in the Alpine village.
Caused by a series of storms, the powder avalanche had hit with such force that cars were overturned and 57 were buried.