1: rescue teams in austria are searching for two skiers who remain unaccounted for after an avalanche. police initially suggested that 10 people had been buried under snow near the ski resort of lech-zuers in the west of the country. six people escaped without injury and two others had been flown to regional hospitals. avalanches are common in austria and the municipality of lech is doing everything they can to rescue the winter sports enthusiasts.
2: the avalanche happened at about 15:00 local time (16:00 gmt) at an altitude of 2,700m (8,858ft). helicopters and rescue dogs are involved in the effort and rescuers are continuing their search until everyone is located.
3: avalanches are common in austria due to heavy snowfall and steep slopes. they occur when the snow on a mountain slope becomes unstable and breaks away, resulting in a large amount of snow moving quickly down the mountain. the municipality of lech is doing everything they can to rescue the winter sports enthusiasts and ensure their safety.