An avalanche in northeastern Switzerland had entered a hotel restaurant on Thursday injuring three people. Rescuers intend to continue searching for people who might be buried if the weather allows.
On Thursday evening a 300 metre-wide avalanche crashed down the Schwägalp in canton Appenzell Outer Rhodes, according to the Swiss News Agency. It buried more than a dozen vehicles and forced its way into the Hotel Säntisexternal link. A police spokesman said no hotel guests were reported missing. However, three hotel guests were injured and had to be taken to a hospital. Search and rescue operations were suspended on Thursday evening due to the dangerous conditions and will resume on Friday morning if the weather cooperates.
A hotel guest told the Tagblatt newspaper he had looked outside and saw snow swirling all around. He initially thought a load of snow had fallen off the roof. “Then there was a massive noise and a load of snow came in the back of the restaurant.”
The following tweet by the Tagblatt says: “After the heavy snowfall, on Thursday an avalanche came down in the Schwägalp area”.