Two Lithuanian climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps and an official is warning of continued risk in the coming hours.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that the two climbers were killed Sunday in the Argentiere sector of the Mont Blanc range, near the skiing and climbing hub of Chamonix. The exact details of the incident are unclear.
Cazeneuve urged people in the region to exercise "the greatest caution because of heightened risks of avalanches."
The mountain rescue service in the Chamonix region said the two killed were a man and a woman, and were the first casualties in the region this season. The area, with its challenging slopes and breathtaking panoramas, is popular with climbers from around the world.