ZERMATT, Switzerland – Three people were killed and another was injured in an avalanche that struck the mountainside near Zermatt on Monday, April 1.

According to Reuters, Swiss police did not provide any information related to the identities of the victims. Search operations have stopped for Monday, though it isn’t clear whether more individuals could be missing.

The avalanche reportedly occurred just after 2 p.m. local time, with the large amount of snow making search and rescue efforts difficult.

German broadcaster DW News reports that the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research noted a significant risk of avalanches throughout the southern Swiss Alps on Monday, with a high potential for large spontaneous slides.

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