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Norway avalanches: Tourists among four killed in north of country

Norway avalanches: Tourists among four killed in north of country

International Desk

A series of avalanches in Norway's far north has claimed the lives of four people, police say.

In the most deadly incident, a house and barn were swept into the sea on the island of Reinøya.

Two people were confirmed killed and 140 goats were in the barn at the time, according to the authorities.
Two tourists were killed in two other avalanches. Both are believed to be foreigners, although their nationalities are not yet known.

In the first avalanche, in Lyngen, one person died and two others were hurt.

"There were fiv people of foreign origin that were on an outing in the area. We can confirm that one person is deceased," police spokesman Morten Pettersen told journalists.

Two others were hurt, one critically and one with "moderate injuries", the spokesman added.

Later in the evening, police said a fourth person had been killed in another avalanche at Storslett in the Nordreisa area.

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