Retezat Mountains, Romania

By April 22, 2017 No Comments

Romanian authorities say two teenagers have died in an avalanche in western Romania after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather. Emergency situations chief Raed Arafat told The Associated Press that rescue workers pulled the bodies of two teenagers, aged 13 and 14, out of the snow after the avalanche hit Saturday but three others were not in danger.

He said the group was in the Retezat Mountains, an area popular with hikers 350 kilometers (220 miles) northwest of Bucharest, the capital. 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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Wait 48 hours after heavy rain or snowfall

Ca 90% of avalanches happen within 24 h of heavy rain or snow fall. The general advice is to wait at least 48 hours before heading out.