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Rescue teams set to clear hotel hit by avalanche in northeastern Swiss Alps

Hundwil (Switzerland), Jan 11 (EFE).- Rescue services were preparing to clear the aftermath of an avalanche that injured three people when it hit a hotel in the Swiss Alps amid heavy snowfall in the region, authorities said Friday.

An avalanche with a cone width — the mass of snow and material deposited after an avalanche occurs — of around 300 meters (984 feet) hit the village of Hundwil, in northeastern canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden on Thursday at around 4.30 pm, burying parts of the Hotel Saentis' restaurant, several cars, police said.

"Due to the heavy snowfall and the avalanche danger, the search of the avalanche cone by the rescue forces had to be stopped on Thursday evening," Appenzell Ausserrhoden police said in a statement.

"If the avalanche situation and weather conditions permit, the avalanche cone scan will continue on Friday morning, followed by snow clearing and vehicle recovery," the statement continued.

The road to the Schwägalp, a high mountain pass between the cantons of St Gallen and Appenzell Ausserrhoden, remained closed, authorities said.

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