Nine people have been so far killed by the deadly avalanche in French Alps in this morning. Among the dead includes three Britons, two Germans, two Swiss and two Spanish.
The avalanche which has been termed as the 'deadliest avalanche in years' struck near Mont Blanc.The climbers were on their way to Mount Maudit when the awful incident took place.
The bodies of the dead have been returned from the mountainside by helicopter. The climbing route where emergency crews focused their searches is said to be one of the most dangerous in Europe.
'There are around eight others injured and at least two people missing,' told one of the spokesman.
'We were initially alerted just after dawn by one of the survivors who called us on a mobile phone.'
28 climbers belonging from several countries including Switzerland, Serbia, Germany, Spain and France, were roped together in several groups.They are believed to have reached 4,000m (13,120 ft) when the avalanche struck.
It was reported that at a press briefing following the avalanche, claims were made that a lone mountaineer may have set off the avalanche above the group.
Mont Maudit - meaning the cursed mountain - is the third-highest peak in the Mont Blanc massif range, rising to 4,465m