Officials in a town at the foot of Switzerland’s famed Matterhorn are resuming helicopter flights to ferry out stranded tourists amid efforts to open roads and rail lines that have been closed due to heavy snowfall and an elevated avalanche risk…

The rail line from the town of Zermatt is also due to partially reopen later Wednesday.

A police official in Zermatt, who was not authorised to give his name, said an estimated 300 to 400 people flew out the day before, when some 13,000 tourists were unable to leave by road or rail.

Local officials said no lives are in danger and the situation is calm, with cafes open and many streets clear.

Helicopter teams were also deploying to trigger controlled avalanches to release snow build-up after more than 1 metre of snow fell in some parts of the region in 24 hours.

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Community workers remove snow off a path in Zermatt, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Due to heavy snowfall and rain showers, Zermatt can only be reached by air. Swiss authorities have closed ski slopes, hiking trails, cable cars, roads and train service into the town of Zermatt amid a heightened risk of avalanches, stranding some 13,000 tourists in the town. (Mateusz Bocian/Keystone via AP)

Author: ANA Newswire