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Five-year-old girl rescued hours after fatal avalanche

The young girl’s parents are thought to be among the nine people killed in an avalanche which struck several homes in Kosovo yesterday.

A TV still of the young girl after she was pulled from the rubble of an avalanche-struck house today.
A TV still of the young girl after she was pulled from the rubble of an avalanche-struck house today.
Image: AP Photo/Klan Kosova TV

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl has been rescued alive hours after an avalanche which killed nine people struck her house.

The child was found buried under 10 metres of snow by rescue workers after they heard her voice and a mobile phone ringing. She is recovering in hospital and Klan Kosova reports that her condition is stable.

Both of the girl’s parents are believed to have been killed. Several homes were destroyed by the avalanche, but most were unoccupied at the time. One person remains missing after the avalanche struck the remote mountain village of Restelica yesterday.

The following footage shows conditions facing rescue workers and the scale of the search operation:

(Video via zeriamerikes)

In the below image, search teams continue to comb the area around the destroyed properties for a person who remains missing following yesterday’s avalanche:

(Image: AP/STR/PA Images)

Sub-zero temperatures continue across much of eastern Europe following last week’s sudden drop in temperatures. Today, minus 23C was recorded in Moscow, while snow continues to fall over Serbia, Bosnia and Albania.

Euronews reports that the death toll from the cold weather has reached 65 in Romania after eight more people were confirmed dead. Deaths have also been reported in Poland, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary and Lithuana, while Italy has been suffering its worst snowstorms in decades.

The cold spell is expected to continue into this week.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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