Avalanche hits schoolchildren

PARIS: An avalanche in the French Alps hit a group of 10 schoolchildren and the person accompanying them on Wednesday, killing at least one person and gravely injuring three others, police said. “Five people have been found and searches are still under way,” the head of the police unit, Bernard Host, told Reuters. Three of the victims were found in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest, police said. French media said that the person who died in the accident was 14 years old. The avalanche occurred on a black-rated slope that had been closed after several days of heavy snowfall.