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So the Winter was

The past Winter 2018/19, has given to the Northern areas in the Swiss Alps, snow in masses. The huge amounts of let the avalanche danger on the highest level to rise. 19 people lost their lives in avalanches.

such As the WSL Institute for snow and avalanche research SLF in Davos, which on Tuesday published a winter retrospective wrote, fell from 12. to 14. January, on the Northern flank of the Alps more than a Meter of snow, by URI, to the St. Gallen Alps and in the Northern Prättigau even more than one and a half meters. The WSL Institute speaks for the Winter of 2018/19 of "extremely a lot of snow".

Particularly in the East, the rainfall had broken in January of measurement records. Many stations in Liechtenstein, and have frets either the second highest or the highest snow amounts given, had ever been within ten days.

"Very great" risk of avalanches

These large amounts of fresh Snow and stormy Wind led according to the SLF, on 14. January in many Parts of the Swiss Alps in front of "very high" avalanche risk was highest warned of five levels of warning. In this time, many of the avalanches.

As in the Winter 2017/18 tried-and-tested according to the SLF, the structural protective measures, the hazard zone maps and the work of the avalanche services. It caused only material damage.

In the second half of February, which was warm and dry, there was a generally favourable avalanche situation. Full-depth avalanches formed the main danger.

Almost 300 avalanche victims, especially athletes

299 avalanches were reported to the SLF by the end of April. They not only caused damage to property: 19 people lost their lives. In the average of the last twenty years, 21 people died in the winter half of the year in avalanches.

With one exception, it is in the last Winter all avalanche victims to winter sports enthusiasts, who were in the unsecured area. In Crans-Montana in the Valais piste patrouilleur during the work on the slope in an avalanche and killed.

The SLF, what is striking is the cluster of six fatal accidents in the Western Northern flank of the Alps. They were the result of a long period is unfavorable-by-step blanket of Snow, what was for this Region is rather exceptional.

The SLF emphasises, snow and mountain athletes should be aware of the avalanche danger in spring and summer. The avalanche Bulletin will appear, until further notice, a day later in the afternoon. (anf/sda)

Created: 07.05.2019, 11:06 PM

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