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Fifth hiker dies after snowstorm in Alps

Fourteen climbers had been trying to reach the Vignettes hikers’ hut at 3,157 metres (10,357ft) in the Alps, police said.

A fifth person has died from injuries sustained when an unexpected snowstorm surprised a group of Alpine hikers in south-western Switzerland, forcing them to spend the night out in the cold.

Efforts to identify the victims are continuing, the regional Valais police said.

A day earlier, Valais police said the 14 hikers trapped overnight were from France, Germany and Italy.

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Police initially said four people had died and another five were in critical condition in hospital following a rescue and recovery operation involving seven helicopters.

Several of those rescued were suffering from hypothermia.

Police said the climbers were trying to reach the Vignettes hikers’ hut at 3,157 metres (10,357ft) in the Alps.

Europe has experienced turbulent weather recently, with unseasonable spells of hot and cold.

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