VIENNA, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Eight people, including a Chinese national, were killed in separate avalanches in western Austria since Friday, Austrian police said on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Chinese skier was buried and killed in an avalanche in Oetztal in the state of Tyrol, Austrian news agency APA reported.
The other fatal avalanches took place over the weekend in other areas in Tyrol and the neighboring state of Vorarlberg, both popular Alpine destinations for winter sports enthusiasts.
APA reported that heavy winds and snowfall have increased the avalanche risk in the area over the past few days, with local authorities raising the avalanche danger level to four in the five-tier warning system and urging winter sports enthusiasts to exercise caution.
In Tyrol, 30 avalanches, 11 of which involved missing persons, were reported on Saturday alone, and search and rescue efforts have been hampered by poor weather conditions, according to APA.
APA said according to weather forecasts, the avalanche danger in Tyrol and Vorarlberg would ease over the weekend.