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Two teenagers die in avalanche in mountain resort in Romania

Two teenagers have been killed in an avalanche in western Romania after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather.

Emergency situations chief Raed Arafat said rescue workers pulled the bodies of two youngsters, aged 13 and 14, out of the snow after the avalanche hit on Saturday.

Three others in the group were caught in the avalanche but are not in danger.

The group was in the Retezat Mountains, an area popular with hikers 220 miles north west of Bucharest, the capital. Mr Arafat did not know if they were hiking or skiing.

He said: "They were caught in the avalanche and unfortunately they couldn't be saved."

Mr Arafat said local authorities had warned about a high risk of avalanches, saying it was unsafe even to send a helicopter there.

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